SAJID Javid yesterday warned the NHS needed updating — branding it a “Blockbuster system in the age of Netflix”.
The Health Secretary compared the defunct video rental chain and the streaming giant as he accepted all seven recommendations of a “stark” report into how patchy management fuelled delays for patients.
Mr Javid told Cabinet colleagues “large-scale changes” are needed — particularly in adoption of technology.
The report from ex-Army chief General Sir Gordon Messenger called for the biggest shake-up of leadership in decades.
The former Marine said pay hikes were needed to lure the best managers, speed up care and save cash in the long term.
He warned of a “lack of consistency” of standards, with “institutional inadequacy” when it comes to developing staff.
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He also said GPs should be sent on management courses.
Sir Gordon found a blame culture and bullying in parts of the service.
He added: “A well-led, motivated, valued, collaborative, inclusive, resilient workforce is the key to better patient and public health outcomes.”
Mr Javid, determined tax hikes are not wasted, said: “Culture and leadership can be the difference between life and death.”
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