Response from Greater Glasgow NHS Board Chairman Sir John Arbuthnott to today's White Paper on NHS reform:
"I welcome the balanced approach which has been taken in this reforming White Paper. "With such a challenging agenda set out for modernising care and improving health, it was important that major structural re-organisation was not prescribed.
"The opportunity to strengthen unified working within NHS Boards is a logical progression from "Our National Health" – the December 2000 White Paper. "We must ensure however, that the critical contribution of strong devolved operational management and of frontline staff is allowed to flourish within the accountability arrangements spelt out.
"I am delighted that the non-executive input to NHS Boards is being further enhanced. The two new appointments (from the Local Health Care Co-operative committee and from the medical director perspective) will add to the substantial body of clinical advice, which is already available to our NHS Board. These appointments can bring further leadership in accelerating the active programme of service re-design to which the Board is already committed alongside the implementation of the approved acute services modernisation programme for Glasgow which is now underway."
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