Sunday, June 14, 2009

Health Ministers and Managers - Listen to Vince

Many Liberal Democrats were concerned to hear last week that our Party's resident superhero Vince Cable had been rushed to hospital with appendicitis.

Thankfully, he is well on the way to recovery and in good enough shape to write this account for the Mail on Sunday.

We've all become aware in recent years of Vince's penchant for prescient observation, so I hope this article is on the desk of anyone involved in the strategic management of the NHS, in all parts of the UK, including Government Ministers.

To sum up - the emergency care and assessment and treatment he said was fantastic, but he had concerns about management decisions which led to day to day practical problems like pharmacy delays and porter shortages.

While Labour and the Tories throw numbers about the place, Vince's first hand account of his experience and future prognosis for the NHS is worth taking seriously.

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