Today’s Sunday Telegraph story of Health Authorities planning cuts to operations and services for patients makes grim reading. The story should pose this question – Why are the managers even thinking of cutting important services when they have been told spending will rise in real terms?
It’s very old politics for public service managers to trot out unacceptable “cuts” they claim they need to make to live with the increased money they have been given to spend. In the new world we need public sector managers who can improve services and deliver more when they are offered more money. Health is being offered a rightly privileged position in the current spending round. In return I look forward to it avoiding these sensational and worrying stories. The answer to any Health manager who offers such fare should be a polite “No”, and a requirement they start to manage better.