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Health Insight April 2001:
Modernisation team 'not a hit squad'

  Representatives of the NHS Modernisation Agency have endeavoured to assuage fears within the health service that it will adopt a punitive approach towards poorly performing organisations. Speaking at a conference organised by the New Health Network, senior staff of the new agency said such organisations would be regarded as 'challenged' rather than as 'failing'. The agency would seek to work with hospitals and 'not do things to them'. Nevertheless, through focusing on service improvement and leadership development, the agency would aim to boost performance across the health service. Its four key themes would be 'courage, confidence, coherence and clarity'.

Since the announcement, in the NHS Plan, of the establishment of the agency, there have been fears that its approach would mirror that of the OFSTED agency, whose draconian school inspections have come under fire from teachers.

Source: Health Service Journal 15 March

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