Task force will involve NHS staffHealth minister reassures GPs on primary care groupsCollege wants GPs and social workers to have closer linksBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7136.1025 (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1025
Task force will involve NHS staff
The head of human resources at the NHS Executive, Mr Hugh Taylor, will chair a new task force which will identify how frontline staff can work with local managers to improve the way that hospitals are run.
The task force will identify and explore new approaches to staff involvement and examples of good practice; report to ministers in the autumn; be involved in working on a performance management framework by which ministers can judge whether trusts are adequately involving staff; and provide support and advice to trusts and health authorities to help them spread best practice.
The 13 strong task force includes two nurses, a porter, the head of health at Unison, and two junior doctors, Dr Lynda Stewart (Lewisham) and Dr Paul Thorpe (Bristol).
Health minister reassures GPs on primary care groups
The health minister has tried to reassure GPs about primary care groups (PCGs).
PCGs were the main subject in the question and answer session when Mr Alan Milburn attended the General Medical Services Committee last week. To the concern that many groups would start with a deficit, the minister said …