16 / 10 / 2013 Midnight
Dean Royles says findings should help reassure the public that concerns about care are being identified earlier, reported more often, and resolved more swiftly.
Responding to the General Medical Council’s ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2013
’, published today (16 October 2013), Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“The GMC’s findings should help reassure the public that concerns about care are being identified earlier, reported more often, and resolved more swiftly. There is every sign that doctors are increasingly confident to highlight concerns about the practice and behaviour of colleagues and that these will be addressed without fear of recrimination. This is the culture of transparency that we are striving for in all parts of the NHS, and we won't allow our focus on it to slip.
“I'm delighted the GMC report emphasises the high quality of medical practice. We really do have some of the world's best doctors and training provision. We should be rightly proud of them. But we also need to be responsive to change. The best way the medical workforce can continue delivering safe, high quality NHS care is if we respond effectively and rapidly to increasing pressures on services by changing the way the NHS works.
“The GMC’s focus is squarely on the need for better engagement between doctors and their organisations, including better planning of doctors’ rotas to match the needs of patients. It also emphasises the importance of supervising and supporting less experienced doctors in training. We need that to be effective for trainee doctors, consultants and patients seven days a week.
“There are major opportunities right now for the medical community to lead that debate. GPs have taken over the reins of procurement and hospital doctors are about to enter their first formal renegotiation of contracts in a decade, with patients needing safe diagnosis, treatment and care every day of the week. I do hope this prompts a wider debate in the medical profession about the need to change and the pivotal role that doctors can play in finding innovative ways of delivering change in the NHS."