Health Insight April 2001:
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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