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Readers panel: Should the government rethink the 2012 NHS reforms or would this be an unnecessary distraction?

According to some reports, the government may scrap elements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as part of a multi-year funding plan for the NHS in England. Nursing Standard readers have their say

According to some reports, the government may scrap elements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as part of a multi-year funding plan for the NHS in England. Nursing Standard readers have their say


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Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham 
@lizcharalambou

The NHS needs a complete rethink if it is to continue providing healthcare free at the point of delivery. But change can be time-consuming, expensive, exhausting, exasperating, demoralising and often senseless if carried out with a toxic agenda. Any such decisions need to be depoliticised. If we do not act immediately to rectify the serious damage done to the NHS, I fear it may be too late. NHS staff are rapidly running out of patience. 


Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

When something is broken, sometimes you need to strip it back and start again. While I appreciate that more reforms would be exhausting for staff and patients, a well thought-out restructuring, led by those on the front line, is in everyone’s best interests. Spending money on training more nurses and introducing them into a broken system would not be money well spent and it would not improve patient outcomes.


Beverley Ramdeen is a senior nursing lecturer in Hertfordshire 
@BeverleyRamdeen

Any change will cause disruption, but the NHS can no longer rely on annual top-ups to its budget. The government needs to rethink the reforms of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, but any new funding plan will likely come with conditions attached, such as meeting more targets. Until details of the proposed multi-year funding deal are spelled out it is difficult to know what the impact is likely to be on staff, the service and patients.


Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London 
@drew_london 

The last winter crisis was not a one-off, and there are now winter pressures all year round. In the midst of all this, can the NHS really cope with more reform? The strong, strategic management that the NHS needs is not currently being provided by clinical commissioning groups, which replaced primary care trusts when the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was introduced. We need a better NHS structure but I doubt there is the political will to achieve this.


Readers’ panel members give their views in a personal capacity only 

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