This is an attempt to move some discussion away from Toby’s blog site and onto the forum, so things are easier to find on both sites.
I spotted this in yesterday’s Grad: https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 … ct-control Exclusive: health secretary said to be frustrated by his lack of authority over NHS England boss Simon Stevens Some of the plans are to undo some of Lansleys demented changes but some are more insidious.
….. There is ministerial frustration at the role some health agencies have played during the pandemic, notably Public Health England (PHE), and a desire to make permanent some recent changes in NHS working, such as different NHS bodies working closely together, and the huge increase in patients seeing their GP or hospital specialist by video or telephone.
I've recently had two outpatient appointments which followed-up on a big operation in my mouth last year. These were done by telephone! Me trying to describe what's going on to a guy whose English is perfect but both our accents made clarity difficult. I found it ridiculous but assumed it was temporary while the NHS crept back from its vacation and started to actually SEE patients.
I was wrong. Never assume!