Audit Commission chief worries over NHS
Sir Andrew Foster, the controller of the Audit Commission who is to step down after 10 years at the helm, says the restructuring of the National Health Service is jeopardising reform initiatives.
In a departing interview with the Financial Times Foster said he worried about the ‘sheer mass of structural changes’ and whether they would ‘bring the result that is needed’.
Sir Andrew said in his experience – he is a former social services director and former deputy chief executive of the NHS – the setting up of new NHS institutions took two to three years to get them working well.
And he warned of the danger of people getting ‘slightly punch drunk about the amount of change’.
Sir Andrew said it was necessary to motivate staff and involve them in the process.
But he did admit that most of the reform strategies looked ‘sound and solid’ while, in general, local government services had improved significantly.