Matt Hancock: NHS bureaucracy ‘won’t be coming back’

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Switching bureaucracy for flexibility is part of the government’s plan to “bottle the best bits” of the NHS coronavirus response going forward, Matt Hancock has said.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Health Secretary said the NHS People Plan is about “empowering” those working on the front line.

“In many areas the NHS performed the best it ever has – it normally takes the NHS nine years to build a hospital, it did the Nightingales in nine days.

“And in terms of the flexibility that people felt on the front line, the ability to do what was needed according to their professional judgement, some of the bureaucracy that we managed to sweep away that won’t be coming back.”

The plan, published today, focuses on recruiting more staff, embracing teamwork and technology and promoting a “more inclusive” workplace.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet minister defended the government’s changing advice on coronavirus quarantine time, which has been increased from seven days to 10.

“As the science improves and the scientists change their judgement, because they learn more about the disease, we will change the rules.

“One of the defining features of this epidemic is that when the facts change we have to update what the rules are, what the guidance is to the public because we’re all trying to fight this crisis.”

The change in advice comes after Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said on individuals may still be able to spread Covid-19 for up to 10 days.

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