Wanted: new model of governance
By Julian Patterson
Asked to identify the biggest obstacle in the way of the Five Year Forward View, people will give a range of answers likely to include funding, payment arrangements, workforce, the procurement rules and politics. All of these can be fixed or worked around.
What you won’t hear people say so often is that governance is the critical factor in ensuring the future of the NHS, and should be a top priority of the architects of so-called new care models. Never mind the low-profile wheels and the go-faster stripes, without governance it’s going nowhere.
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