Friday, May 05, 2006

National Health Service 'burying bad news'

UK Stakeholders affected by the Department of Health are not working well together.

With "seven out of ten GPs not providing their own out of hours services and standards slipping", a new stakeholder has been added to the patients, GP's, primary care trusts (PCTs) mix.

Enter the National Audit Office (NAO) to improve the efficiency of evening and weekend GP cover.

Health Minister Lord Warner, slipped the news that the NHS is failing in Jo More Style (a good day to bury bad news) announcement on the Government's News Network site today.

While media attention is focused on local elections and the government re-shuffle, the announcement came at a time when The Secretary of Health Patricia Hewitt slipped out from under the Bliar 'day of the long knives' to be spared the same dismissal as her cabinet colleagues.

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