Press release

NHS Confederation responds to Labour Party’s letter on its intention to regulate managers

Matthew Taylor comments on the letter NHS Confederation has received from the Labour Party outlining its intention to regulate NHS managers

12 September 2023

Commenting on a letter sent to the NHS Confederation by the Labour Party on its intention to introduce greater regulation of NHS management, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of The NHS Confederation said:

“The NHS Confederation stands ready to support governments, partners, patient bodies and regulators to improve the health service for everyone who uses it.

“We have been asked by the Labour Party to contribute to its review and development of a regulatory framework that strengthens the accountability of managers and enhances patient safety; the NHS Confederation will gladly assist this work in providing representations from our members whenever needed.

“NHS leaders are always looking at ways to further improve patient safety and following the terrible events at the Countess of Chester, fully understand the renewed public and political interest in the regulation of senior managers.

“While this work alone cannot and will not be a panacea for all that ails the NHS, it is sensible to look again at potential regulation in a way which better enables open and inquiring cultures, that prioritise improvement over blame, while ensuring appropriate accountability if and when things do go wrong.”

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