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NHS Confederation comments on RCP report ‘Hospitals on the edge?’ 

13/09/2012 
Mike Farrar says report is really significant in persuading the public of the importance of the case for change in the NHS

Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

“The RCP is raising some critically important issues.

“The NHS desperately needs to radically reshape the way it plans and organises care, to meet the needs of patients as well as keep the service financially sustainable. This will have significant
implications both for where we provide care and who provides it.

"Senior clinicians have sometimes been reluctant to step forward and yet they carry so much weight with the public. But I think the tide is turning. There is an emerging coalition of managers and clinical leaders who understand the need to speak up because if we don't the NHS will be unsustainable.

“Changes of this nature cannot happen without public understanding and involvement in decisions. They cannot happen without political
support.

“The NHS needs to make the case for change but fundamentally it needs political backing to make this happen.

"It is really significant that the RCP is helping persuade the public
of the importance of these issues."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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