Department of Health business plan 2013 to 2015 – Publications – GOV.UK

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If you are interested in the future of the UK National Health Service (NHS), this document is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING. Check it out! 

via Department of Health business plan 2013 to 2015 – Publications – Inside Government – GOV.UK.

I welcome the UK Department for Health bringing this policy document into the open. As an expert in business planning, in both the Private and Public Sectors, this document really interested me.

Unfortunately, I found the document rather seriously disappointing:

  • No base line strategy audit, reflecting the current crisis state of the NHS
  • No evidence of consideration of alternative strategies
  • No risk analysis with mitigating strategies
  • No stakeholder analysis
  • No costings
  • No cost benefit analysis

This leads me to the following open question:

Given latest business plan, what’s probability of UK Government saving NHS from terminal meltdown?

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  4. Alf,

    The Annex: Cross cutting priorities, contains the following section relating to innovation and growth. I am not sure about items i and ii. To me it looks like classic Salami slicing, not innovation or growth. What do you think?

    Action 6.5 Reduce NHS barriers to innovation and growth
    i.     Accelerate the sale of DH and NHS surplus land for home building. (Ends Mar 2015)
    ii.    Achieve the sale of DH land to provide 1,000 new homes in the financial year 2013-14, subject to planning permission. (Ends Mar 2014)
    iii.   Open up procurement and increase the opportunities available and awarded to SMEs with further investment in the Small Business Research Initiative. (Ends Mar 2014)

    Have a great week.


    • Adam,

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments which I endorse. It’s clearly all about salami-slicing, with little thought for customers, innovation, best practice and value for money.

      Have a great week


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