Most national media sources this week have run the story of how a “totally shocking” report by one of the country’s most respected businessmen into how the NHS is run was handed into the Department of Health before Christmas – but has still not been published by the Government.
The withering assessment of NHS management by the Conservative peer Lord Rose, who is credited with turning around the fortunes of Marks & Spencer, is understood to paint a damaging picture of a culture in which mediocre managers can move around within the NHS without being held to account, while those who are successful go unrewarded.
One person who has seen the report told the Financial Times that Lord Rose, now chairman of online supermarket Ocado, had found the overall standard of much NHS management to be “totally shocking”.
Labour called for the report to be published before the election. The Department of Health said the Government would be releasing the findings “in due course”.