Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Staff to Be on the Front Line of £20Bn Savings Proposals

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Staff to Be on the Front Line of £20Bn Savings Proposals

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Health Secretary Andy Burnham has promised to empower NHS staff, making them 'agents of change' In an attempt to save up to £20bn over four years.

In his September 30 conference speech, Burnham said: 'We need a cleverer way of driving reform. We don't want to impose top-down solutions on staff. They will have the chance to rise to the challenge.'

He said ministers would work with trade unions through the Social Partnership Forum 'to empower staff, because they are always the best agents of change'.

Burnham boasted that Labour's record on the NHS represented 'social progress on an unprecedented scale', and set early intervention and prevention as new priorities.

But in a fringe session on September 29, experts questioned whether promoting health and wellbeing could force the NHS into areas that would be Inappropriate for the service. …

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