Strengthening leadership in the NHS

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The appointment of Stuart Rose, former boss of Marks and Spencer, to advise the government on leadership in the NHS is the latest in a long line of attempts to make use of private sector expertise in the NHS. Rose’s brief is to explore how the 14 NHS trusts placed in special measures can be helped to tackle concerns about their performance. Like Roy Griffiths, Adair Turner, and Gerry Robinson before him, Rose faces the challenge of using experience in a very different sector to enable NHS organisations to put in place the leadership that can provide improved care for patients.

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