SAGA COMMENTS ON THE HEALTH SECRETARY'S ANNOUNCEMENT
Commenting on today's announcement by the Health Secretary, Tim Pethick, Saga's strategy director commented:
"The Government have correctly identified the issue that no one is responsible for putting people's needs at the heart of delivering care.
Different specialists treat specific issues rather than looking at the whole person.
However, the need is for more than just a new role for coordination or navigation through the disjointed and complex health and care systems.
Today announcement is a positive step, but a "named" clinician to me sounds like a bureaucratic traffic light - someone to ensure the patient is shuffled through the system expeditiously.
When what is needed is someone to champion the needs of the individual, someone focussed on better outcomes for people, rather than the convenience of the health and care systems."