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Two in five health professionals think quality of leadership in NHS is “poor” or “very poor”

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3321 (Published 23 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3321
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Many senior health professionals and managers doubt the ability of NHS leaders to improve the quality of patient care, says the health think tank the King’s Fund.

In a survey of some 900 NHS professionals in England carried out after the Francis inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, almost three quarters (73%) said that they didn’t think that quality of care was given enough priority.

Only 14% thought that the quality of leadership in the NHS as a whole was “good” or “very good,” while 40% thought it “poor” or “very poor.”

The King’s Fund said that NHS boards should be doing much more to exercise “clear and visible leadership” to improve the quality of care their organisations provide. It also urged NHS leaders in charge of the new “fragmented” national bodies to set a consistent tone …

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