Sir Gordon Messenger was asked to eradicate “waste and wokery” in the system and ensure “every pound is well spent” amid concerns that too much of taxpayers money is going on bureaucracy. Besides tackling the backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic and improving the NHS’ performance and efficiency, the upcoming shake-up is expected to reduce sharp inequalities between regions as part of the government’s “levelling up” agenda.
Sir Gordon’s nomination prompted criticism from opposition MPs, who voiced concern that the review may lead to the privatisation of some services, while attempts to improve efficiency and avoid waste will lead to mass sackings.
The government of Boris Johnson maintains that the overhaul will look at how to improve the system’s performance and strengthen the leadership.
“I am determined to make sure the NHS and social care delivers for the people of this country for years to come and leadership is so important to that mission. This review will shine a light on the outstanding leaders in health and social care to drive efficiency and innovation. It will help make sure individuals and families get the care and treatment they need, wherever they are in the country, as we build back better”, said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.