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Slow Down Pace of Change, Urge NHS Managers

Magazine article Public Finance

Slow Down Pace of Change, Urge NHS Managers

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The government must slow down the implementation of some NHS reforms to give the service a chance to regain financial balance, the NHS Confederation said this week.

As the new financial year opened with further job losses and a tight pay round, the managers' organisation urged ministers to review their reform programme.

Gill Morgan, the confederation's chief executive, said: 'We need an urgent review of the key changes to make sure we push forward the things that are needed to make a rapid difference, while being more measured on initiatives that have a longer-term payback.'

Ministers could slow down the implementation of GP practice-based commissioning and moves to cut transitional funding aimed at lessening the impact of payment by results.

However, she insisted the NHS had to keep up the pace on PBR and the 18-week waiting time target, due to be achieved by the end of 2008.

Ministers should also switch to three-year pay deals and fix the payment by results tariff for more than one year at a time. …

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