NHS management remains leanest in the world

Thu 31 Mar 2016

MiP responds to media reports of the latest NHS workforce headcount

Commenting on the reporting of the latest NHS workforce figures, MiP's chief executive, Jon Restell, said:

'The rise in managers needs to be treated with caution. Only one in 35 NHS staff is a manager so small numerical increases generate relatively high percentages.'

'It needs to be kept in mind that 18% of managers in the NHS have lost their jobs since 2010. These figures could be telling us the government overdid it, applying cuts to what was already a lean management structure compared to other healthcare systems and to the British economy as a whole.'

'Managers are a key part of quality healthcare, and the frontline needs a strong back office supporting it. We should reject those who seek to divide the two. It is a false choice.'

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