“Super managers” to be sent into failing hospitals

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5727
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Senior doctors and top industry managers are to be recruited to a new fast track leadership programme as part of a plan to turn round failing NHS hospitals.

These “super managers” will be given a 10 month crash course in how to run hospital trusts and how the NHS works. As part of their training they will take a two month intensive business course at a leading institution, such as Harvard Business School. Graduates of the scheme will be expected to be rapidly promoted to NHS senior managers and chief executives.

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made the announcement as part of a new plan to improve poorly performing NHS trusts. After the Keogh review which looked at 14 NHS trusts with high mortality rates, 11 have now been placed …

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