The Times, 16 February 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, wrote an article in The Times following the launch of Reform‘s report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform.

Recent hospital problems have shown that NHS reform is needed. However throwing more money at the problem won’t solve it. The true solution is the government’s plan, however, it won’t succeed in its current form. Ministers need to give STPs more power and local commitment, including full control of the NHS and social care budget in their area. They should also decide the health outcomes for their area which every provider will be tasked to deliver. In the medium-term, a locally elected STP leader should take responsibility for the budget.

These changes “would give democratic legitimacy to the radical changes that STPs should be proposing. It would also give the government the NHS reform drive it needs.”

 Read the full article here.