NHS (Essex)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 15th March 2011.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health) 11:00 am, 15th March 2011

The hon. Lady has spoken at some length and with real passion about money being poured into the appointment of bureaucrats and managers. In her mind’s eye, a hospital bureaucrat is a man in a bowler hat with a brief case, but is she aware that many people who are dubbed managers in the health service are actually former senior nurses, such as her colleague, the Minister, who bring much of their clinical background and expertise to bear on their role? Nurses in particular get a little pained when politicians talk about managers and discount the fact that many of them are people with a very solid clinical background.