Health secretary’s “busting bureaucracy” plans will not reverse decades of bed reductions

Following comments made by health Secretary Matt Hancock in today’s media regarding a a “bureaucracy busting” to coincide with the latest installment of the NHS People Plan, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“Whilst I welcome anything that puts staff wellbeing at the forefront of plans, “busting bureaucracy” will not reverse the decades of bed reductions that have exacerbated pressure over the last pre-pandemic years of the “eternal winter”.

“Staff will welcome anything that makes doing their jobs of caring for people easier but technology is not always the answer.“

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