The government’s massive investment in the NHS has not delivered all the improvements hoped for, a former health minister said today.
Lord Warner, who retired in December, said expected benefits from expanding the workforce had been restricted by “productivity” issues.
The peer also hit out at staff for refusing to accept the need for change, amid growing dissent over the way reforms are being pushed through.
“If you say ‘have [staff] delivered all that you would have liked them to deliver for that extra investment’ then the frank answer for me is ‘not as much as I would like to have seen’,” he told Parliamentary Monitor magazine.
“They have done a lot of good things, but some of the productivity issues which have been around in the NHS for such a long time need more work.”
NHS investment achieves ‘limited’ success