Secret ‘risk register’ reveals ‘seven-day NHS’ plan is unworkable

Some of Jeremy Hunt’s most senior officials fear the promise of a £10bn increase to NHS budget by 2020 is not enough, the papers show [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

Some of Jeremy Hunt’s most senior officials fear the promise of a £10bn increase to NHS budget by 2020 is not enough, the papers show [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

Remember the ‘risk register’ for the Health and Social Care Act 2012? It was believed this document showed the Act that introduced widescale privatisation into the NHS was full of danger – mostly financial.

So the Conservative-led Coalition Government refused to make it public.

Now another secret ‘risk register’ is allegedly pointing out more risks to the health service, created by Conservative plans – and again it is being kept secret.

But this time the risk is to more than NHS finances – it is to life and limb.

The health service has too few staff and too little money to deliver the government’s promised “truly seven-day NHS” on time and patients may not notice any difference even if it happens, leaked Department of Health documents reveal.

Confidential internal DH papers drawn up for Jeremy Hunt and other ministers in late July show that senior civil servants trying to deliver what was a totemic Conservative pledge in last year’s general election have uncovered 13 major “risks” to it.

While Hunt has been insisting that the NHS reorganise around seven-day working, the documents show civil servants listing a string of dangers in implementing the plan – as summarised by a secret “risk register” of the controversial proposal that has prompted a bitter industrial dispute with junior doctors.

The biggest danger, the officials said, is “workforce overload” – a lack of available GPs, hospital consultants and other health professionals “meaning the full service cannot be delivered”, they say in documents that have been obtained by the Guardian and Channel 4 News.

Source: Secret documents reveal official concerns over ‘seven-day NHS’ plans | Society | The Guardian


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5 thoughts on “Secret ‘risk register’ reveals ‘seven-day NHS’ plan is unworkable

  1. NMac

    All part of Hunt’s nasty evil strategy to destroy the NHS. This man should have been properly investigated and put before the courts for embezzlement years ago. The opportunity to consign him to the dustbin was missed.

  2. Dez

    And now we hear they want to send nurses back where they came from….these guys really are incompetent totally driven by their privatisation agenda. That Hunt must go but he is obviously on Mrs. Mays favourites list which says a great deal about
    her political thinking and her false words.

    1. Barry Davies

      Where have you heard anything about sending the nurses back where they came from? If they do that who would work for the privatised NHS? Brexit will allow for more to come from all over the world unlike the stupid regulations from the eu that mean we have to prevent people from outside the eu coming because of the mass migration of unqualified people form easter europe.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        There are currently more migrants from the rest of the world, I seem to recall.

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