NHS held back by poor management

The health service is being held back by a lack of innovative management, a report has said.

The report, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, argues that the speed of advances in medical science hadn't been matched by shifts in the organisation of health services.

It called for health services to be organised around medical conditions, rather than doctors' areas of expertise. It also called for ‘outside entrepreneurs’ to be allowed into health services, to provide ‘revolutionary change’ when existing services refuse to.

‘Care delivery needs to be organised around the needs of the patient, rather than the clinical specialty of the doctor,’ said Dr Eric Silfen, chief medical officer of Philips Healthcare, which commissioned the study.

This would ‘deliver better patient outcomes at overall lower costs.’

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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