… and I think it’s safe to say that health and social care has experienced probably the most tumultuous year in a long, long time. The shakeup of the NHS has created a lot of stirring and excitement, but mostly we are none the wiser on what the final structure will look like and where responsibilities lie.
Yesterday two important papers were produced by DH, one confirmed that it will be full steam ahead for ‘Liberating the NHS’ and the other said that the centre will tighten control over the budget for 2011/12. A very interesting dichotomy that Paul Corrigan has already emphasized and reiterated at the Intellect Healthcare Christmas Lunch yesterday:
“The Government, when dealing with the hypothesis of how the NHS might operate in the future, argue for liberation and the removal of their interventions from the NHS. However the Government, when dealing with a real live NHS issue – next year’s budget, believe strongly in central control and intervention. This would lead us to believe that they are ideologically in favour of liberation but practically in favour of intervention.”