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'We won't revert to before' Hancock vows NHS to change forever because of COVID-19

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the UK Government would be making significant changes to the NHS and healthcare system post-coronavirus. During a speech in central London at the Royal College of Physicians, Mr Hancock argued the coronavirus crisis revealed the issues that the current healthcare system has had and the dire need to make changes for the betterment of all UK citizens. He said: “I can see people smiling and know that everyone of you is thinking of a particular illogical rule.

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“It has been disempowering to many of the brilliant highly motivated front line staff who just want to get on with caring for people.” 

Mr Hancock noted the quick changes the UK had to make during the pandemic did not prove difficult and showed there was no need for long processes in healthcare. 

He said: “When we made all of these changes, the sky didn’t fall in.

“The NHS was protected, patient safety were protected and crucially front line staff felt empowered.

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‘We won’t revert to before’ Hancock vows to scrap illogical NHS rules ahead of COVID wave (Image: SKY NEWS)

Matt Hancock: Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the UK Government would be making significant changes to the NHS and healthcare system post-coronavirus. (Image: GETTY)

“Empowerment is not just about the freedom to make decisions it is about them requiring them to make those decisions.

“If you give people responsibility they will act responsibly.

“We cannot and will not revert back to before.”

Mr Hancock also used the story of Royal Navy officer Admiral Nelson to emphasise how he wanted everyone within the NHS to become a self-sufficient leader.

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Matt Hancock argued the coronavirus crisis revealed the issues that the current healthcare system has had and the dire need to make changes for the betterment of all UK citizens (Image: SKY NEWS)

He said: “People do their best work when they’re trusted to get on with the job

“Don’t just take my word for it – look at Admiral Nelson, one of the most inspirational leaders of all time.

“When the British Navy was heavily outnumbered at the Battle of Trafalgar, it was Nelson’s approach to leadership, the ‘Nelson touch’, that proved to be decisive.

“He worked hard to build an agreed strategy that everyone knew and understood, and then he expected everyone to use their own initiative to put it into place.

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Matt Hancock also used the story of Admiral Nelson to emphasise how he wanted everyone within the NHS to become a self-sufficient leader. (Image: GETTY)

“So amidst the fog of war, while his adversaries were hamstrung waiting for instructions from their admirals transmitted by cumbersome flag signals, Nelson’s fleet knew what they needed to do, and they were trusted to work out how to do it.

“Admiral Villeneuve, whose fleet was defeated by Nelson, said it best, he said to any other nation the loss of Nelson would have been irreparable, but in the British fleet every captain was a Nelson.

“This is the mentality that we need. I want an NHS and care system that is full of leaders, leaders at all levels.”

 

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