- Sajid Javid preparing to seize control of poorly performing hospitals
- One in ten people in England are on the waiting list for routine operations
- Health secretary is encouraging businessmen to take hospital positions
Sajid Javid said showing the NHS the ‘best in everything’ won’t help anyone, as he remains committed to running down England’s record-high waiting list.
In his 100th day in the job, the health secretary said acknowledging the NHS’s shortcomings was the first step in reducing the backlog that had accumulated during the pandemic.
Speaking at the Conservative Party convention today, Mr Javid said healthcare was ‘provided by some of the best in our country’.
But he added: ‘But that certainly doesn’t mean that as an organization, it is the best at everything. It will not help anyone to pretend otherwise.’
The warning shot was aimed at NHS fat cats, who Mr Javid said would face dismissal if they fail to cut the waiting list for routine operations.
About 5.6 million people are currently waiting for healthcare to operate, the highest number since records began.
Mr Javid warned about the real possibility of this number rising to 13 million people in the coming months as the NHS grapples with the pressures of winter.
He announced a major review of NHS leadership and management during his speech today to shake up healthcare.
Mr Javid said he has asked retired General Sir Gordon Messenger to lead a review of leadership and management in health and social care.
Sajid Javid said today showing the NHS the ‘best in everything’ won’t help anyone, as he remains committed to running England’s record high waiting list
The number of patients awaiting routine hospital treatment rose to 5.6 million in July, the highest figure since records began in 2007
Speaking at the conference today, Mr Javid said: ‘When I came in, I said I was not just the COVID secretary, but the health and social care secretary.
‘There was no doubt about the biggest item I could get out of my in-tray: an NHS waiting list that will get worse before it gets better, estimated to grow to 13 million.
No government, no health secretary, no society can accept it.
‘That’s why we’ve made elective recovery a priority – check-ups, scans, surgery with the largest catch-up fund in the history of the NHS.
‘You’re not quite a GP, but at least you’re in healthcare’: Sajid Javid jokes he was a ‘cool kid’ and his Asian mother always wanted him to be a doctor
Sajid Javid joked that his mother was proud of him when he became health secretary 100 days ago – but not as proud as he would have been if he were a GP.
Speaking at the Conservative Party convention today, Mr. Javid said:
He said: ‘When we were here the last time I talked about how proud my mother was.
‘To see me living above Downing Street by living in a small flat above the shop.
‘But I can tell you she’s even more proud now.
‘Like many Asian moms, she always wanted me to be a doctor.
‘When I told him about this job, he said: ‘Well, you didn’t reach the GP, but at least you’re working in healthcare!’
‘And we are already delivering including surgical hubs, and launching 40 new community diagnostics centers across the country.’
One in ten people in England are on a waiting list for an operation, with numbers expected to continue to rise in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
NHS data showed that 5.6 million people across the country were waiting for elective surgery in July – the most since records began in 2007.
Mr Javid today urged patients waiting for long hours due to the backlog of routine procedures – which increased during the COVID pandemic – not to go private.
He insisted that the healthcare “could manage it” but declined to say that he expected the lists to be clear on his hundredth day in the job.
Meanwhile, Mr Javid acknowledged that remote GP appointments on healthcare are here to stay after the pandemic.
It is creating new powers to take control of hospitals that are not performing well enough many times.
No10 is under pressure from the health secretary to reduce waiting times after plans to spend £36 billion last month for health and social care.
Mr Javid wants the key roles of the NHS to go to business leaders and other outsiders who have proven track records to help deliver results.
A senior Whitehall insider told The Times: ‘Patients need solid results and reduced waiting times.
‘NS [Department of Health] There can be no cheers for the NHS only. It needs to be kept strictly according to the money given to it.
But unions today risk Mr Javid’s approach to reform being ‘very unfavourable’.
Patients who had to wait more than 18 weeks for routine surgery – the maximum time one should wait under the NHS’s own rules – rose to 1.7 million in July, the highest level in four months
Statistics show that as of July this year, around 293,000 people were waiting for more than a year for treatment on the NHS. This was slightly less than last month when the list had 304,803 people, but still nearly three times the same level last year.
Boots to offer £15 ‘GP-style’ appointment to ease pressure from NHS this winter
Boots has announced it will offer £15 face-to-face appointments this winter to help ease the burden on the NHS.
The high-street pharmacy is offering appointments with pharmacists for minor ailments.
Pharmacists are being trained to diagnose diseases and write prescriptions amid a decline in in-person GP appointments offered on the NHS.
Boots Chief Executive Seb James Sun: ‘Instead of waiting two weeks to see a doctor, people can get immediate diagnosis, treatment and medication at the expense of Nando.’
Appointments will start at £15, which includes the cost of the prescription.
Mr James said Boris Johnson called him at the start…