An outbreak of sense?

The Guardian ran a striking headline on Thursday last:

Scrap laws driving privatisation of health service, say NHS bosses .

I confess I did a double-take. If this is for real then it has to be heartily welcomed.

[They are] proposals which, if taken forward by ministers – who are supportive – would unwind and dismantle large parts of [the Health and Social Care Act 2012]

Did it really say ministers are supportive?

This is because regulations made under the act are hindering efforts to modernise the health service by providing better care through integration of services.

To most people this is a statement of the bleeding obvious but are NHS management and their ministers begining to understand that ideology doesn’t equal good management?

Acknowledging that the regulations have wasted NHS time and resources for years, [NHS England] added that: “Current procurement legislation can lead to protracted procurement processes and wasteful legal and administration costs in cases where there is a strong rationale for services to be provided by NHS organisations, for instance to secure integration with existing NHS services.”

Simon Stevens, the organisation’s chief executive, said: “We heard from lots of people involved in developing the NHS long-term plan that progress would be accelerated towards a better integrated health service if some targeted changes could be made to the law.

This quite remarkable outbreak of sense seems to be mirrored in an article where Bloomberg is reporting a healthiest nation index and finds it remarkable that Cuba comes five places higher than the USA, making it the only nation not classified as “high income” by the World Bank to be ranked that high. One reason for the island nation’s success may be its emphasis on preventative care over the U.S. focus on diagnosing and treating illness, the American Bar Association Health Law Section said in a report last year after vising Cuba.

Who ever would have thought it?