This site is intended for health professionals only

Underperforming managers to be “struck off” for failures

4 March 2010

Share this article

Health service managers could be barred from senior roles, under plans announced by the prime minister to reform the NHS in the wake of several high-profile scandals.

Gordon Brown said the ability to “strike off” underperforming managers would improve the quality of senior staff, in addition to repairing the reputation of the health service after a series of notorious failures, such as that at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, where as many as 1,200 patients died because of sub-standard conditions over a three-year period.

The proposals, which include a more robust recruitment and vetting process, improved corporate governance and a consultation over the establishment of a regulatory system, will now be considered by Robert Francis QC, the chairman of the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry.

Responding to questions about the incident, Mr Brown said: “I am grateful to the secretary of state for health for bringing forward a series of recommendations, including a recommendation that where management fails, just as with doctors, we should be able to strike off from a list those managers who are not acceptable to health authorities.

“This is a failure in management that has to be dealt with.”

Copyright © Press Association 2010

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry

Your comments (terms and conditions apply):

“Sounds good to me, provided there is a fair disciplinary process in place. Can we use the same system for politicians? Losing a seat doesn’t seem to work as they have a tendancy to reappear in a bigger and better job in Europe!” – Name and address withheld