Getting behind the curve, is the new NHS ready for pandemic flu? – Centre for Health and the Public Interest [UK] – 3 January 2014

Posted on January 10, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , |

Getting behind the curve, is the new NHS ready for pandemic flu? – Centre for Health and the Public Interest [UK] – 3 January 2014

“This report finds that reforms made to the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 have impacted upon its ability to deal effectively with a possible flu pandemic. It highlights three potential problems which the new NHS now faces in dealing with a possible pandemic. A loss of expertise, personal relationships and institutional memory in dealing with public health emergencies from within the NHS as a result of the 2012 reforms, the lack of clear accountability arrangements and a ‘clear line of sight’ under the new system and the co-ordination of increasing numbers of private providers of NHS services in a health care system underpinned by contracts.”

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