The Select Committee have spoken – more on that later. But I was reflecting that ahead of the health white paper launched on July 12th, 2010 I wrote a list of 10 things I hoped it would and wouldn’t include. My final point was this:
10. Don’t miss this chance
Above all I hope that this White Paper will be the radical opportunity to bring clinical leadership to the fore of the NHS as never before. A few thousand savvy GPs (the Consortium leads) now have the opportunity to shape care as never before. Those who succeed will be groups who understand the importance of relationships (with other hospital staff, management support and their patients), who listen to the strategic advice they are given, who insist that they are not there to pick up the pieces for every permutation of lifestyle, who engage the public, delegate to other competent professionals (optometrists, dentists and pharmacists, nurses) and embrace technology.
I still believe that, and hope that the disastrous progress so far of this Health Bill will not result in able clinicians walking away from leadership. They are crucial to the transformation of care delivery. Now as they will, inevitably, have more time to regroup and review we hope that the emphasis can turn more to improving outcomes and productivity in partnership with their colleagues.