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NHS leadership needs to give staff a powerful voice in any system change

Sustainability and transformation plans are focused on structures and process but they are ultimately worthless without clinical buy-in and leadership Inevitably the NHS reform drive got caught up in the party conference crossfire. Diane Abbott, in her last few days as shadow health secretary, attempted to rebrand sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) as “secret Tory plans”, while prime minister Theresa May made the ludicrous assertion that the government had given the NHS “more than its leaders asked for”, conjuring up an image of NHS England trying to work out what to do with all the extra cash.
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