Over time this part of the reform programme will become less and less visible. Patients should not have to care about the way in which the NHS moves; they should be interested in its outcomes for them and the fact that they can rely on safe free speedy modern services when they need them.
But as the reforms are developed, as they are bedded in, this aspect of the reform programme is probably more important than the others. It signifies the big shift in power from the NHS HQ which at the moment resides in the Department of Health and is run by a Permanent Secretary who is the CEO of the NHS, to an organisation that is completely different – the economic regulator. Read the rest of this entry »