BMA meeting: Health secretary calls on doctors to become “service leaders”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3532
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Brighton

    Doctors must become leaders in transforming the NHS, the health secretary Andrew Lansley told the BMA Annual Representative Meeting in Brighton.

    Some feared, he said, that his plans for GP commissioning would turn them into managers. That was not his intention. “The question is, who leads?” he said. “What I’m looking for from you is to turn doctors into leaders. You already show clinical leadership—I want that to become service leadership.”

    That would be achieved by resetting the priorities of the service. Instead of top down process targets, he called for the collaboration of the profession in creating a new, quality based outcomes framework that could shape the way care was delivered.

    “When I speak to doctors you often say you are intensely frustrated by the way the system works—how your judgments and activities are restricted by the rigidity of the system, and how your clinical priorities have been distorted by narrow process targets,” he said. “The opportunity now is to set up quality measures that enable you to do it better.”

    He gave as an example …

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