Retrain axed managers as health workers, says London GP leader

NHS managers should be retrained to provide front line services, London's top GP has suggested.

Dr Drage: retraining axed managers is a good opportunity
Dr Drage: retraining axed managers is a good opportunity

Dr Michelle Drage, chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said it would be a ‘positive' opportunity should the DoH drastically cut the number of NHS managers and help with chronic shortages of frontline health workers.

‘If we're going to talk job cuts in management as the government is talking, wouldn't it be a positive thing to offer to retrain those in management to offer front-line services.'

Retrained managers could be placed in any number of positions from social care, psychological care, and nursing and could alleviate the need for agency staff, said Dr Drage.

‘Historically, retraining has been offered on many occasions when services are cut and a good employer offers those opportunities. A bold NHS London might want to pick that up and run with it,' she said. 

The idea is not official Londonwide LMC policy, she added. 

Dr Drage said NHS London's split into six geographic 'sectors' had created ‘a third tier' of management in the capital and was unsustainable.

She called for the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to reduce the number of PCTs in London and remove barriers to front-line workers doing their job.

‘The areas I'd like to see cut are in those unnecessary management cost areas and areas where they are acting as a go-between. The profession could do as good a job at commissioning services as any management organisation could.'

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