Health secretary must not ‘lose the wind in his sails’ in bid to bust bureaucracy

Danny Mortimer

Responding to the Department of Health and Social Care report Busting Bureaucracy: empowering frontline staff by reducing excess bureaucracy in the health and care system in England, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

"This report is a welcome indication that the Government is taking seriously the need to maintain the lean, light and agile culture of governance and regulation experienced during the COVID-19 crisis.

"We are pleased that the Government has listened to our members’ insights and concerns, and is willing to act on them. The Secretary of State must now make sure he does not lose the wind in his sails; we need to see concrete action to make sure ‘busting bureaucracy’ becomes not just a catchphrase, but a reality. Changes in processes need also to be matched by a marked change in culture and approach from the Government and our regulators.
"Our members absolutely recognise the need for oversight and accountability, but that oversight must be weighed up against the benefit it provides to both patients and staff. NHS leaders are keen to see real change to make sure that colleagues at every level can spend more time focusing on their teams and patients rather than feeding an increasingly overwhelming national bureaucracy." 

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