Posted by: Witch Doctor | June 29, 2007

Alan Johnson – remember the other Alan

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THE NHS PLAN – THE BEGINNING

A document “HR in the NHS Plan – More staff working differently” was published by the Department of Health in 2002.

The forward was written by Alan Milburn who was then Secretary of State for Health. In this he recognises that the Government in its “NHS Plan” committed itself to an ambitious programme of reform in the NHS, how workforce underpins the modernisation agenda and the significant contribution that human resources can make to patient care.

HR IN THE NHS PLAN

He indicated that this document represents a challenge for managers.

Correct!

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ALAN MILLBURN

Alan Millburn was Secretary of State for Health from October 1999 until his unexpected resignation during a cabinet reshuffle in June 2003. He was charged with the modernisation of the National Health Service.

He took this position after the publication of “Future NHS Staffing requirements in March 1999.” As a result of this document, there was a large investment of money for staffing, education and targets. During his time many important changes were conceived and introduced eg “Improving Working Lives,” “Shifting the Balance of Power in the NHS,”

So, Alan Milburn was the key figure in the conception of all aspects of modernisation of the NHS.

His resignation in 2003 was said to be in order to spend more time with his family. Some think, it was to keep his reputation sweet before the consternation resulting from these high speed reforms really kicked in. It was also alleged that he had totally misjudged the pricing of the new consultant contract.

These reforms will continue to challenge the new Health Secretary throughout his term of office.

Alan Milburn’s role in the NHS is now history but no doubt this man is taking more that a passing interest in the actions of all health secretaries following him.

When things seem too hot to handle, Mr Johnson, remember Alan Milburn and his great escape.

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