Lansley's 60 new 'goals' to improve NHS standards
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, announced a new drive to raise NHS standards yesterday by switching attention away from waiting times, cancelled operations and ward cleanliness.
Performance will in future be measured on the basis of death rates, recovery rates and patient experiences. But it emerged the list of 60 new "goals" for the NHS was a reheated version of the one published as the NHS Outcomes Framework a year ago. Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, accused Mr Lansley of reintroducing targets in another guise, after the Coalition had pledged to abolish them.
Mr Burnham said: "Doctors and nurses will roll their eyes in sheer disbelief at this news."
The Department of Health at first said it would expect to see "progress" on the "majority" of the 60 measures but denied they were targets.
Life & Style blogs
Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty and like a failure'
NHS medics are being lured away to Australia by more money, status and sunshine, survey suggests
Xiaomi Mi4: 'Chinese Apple' launches flagship mobile to challenge iPhone
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Condom couture: Latex dresses hit the catwalk to raise awareness for HIV and Aids
- 1 Man tweets about bad service, gets kicked off plane, told to delete tweet before re-boarding
- 2 Crash victims in car flattened by shipping container emerge with just minor injuries
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Joey Barton and Yossi Benayoun become involved in Twitter row over Israel-Gaza conflict
Highly Attractive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - SENIOR COMMERCIAL LITIGATION SO...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - Senior Employment Solici...
£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...