DDA chairman Dr Richard West has written to the Telegraph newspaper following an article on the ‘broken’ NHS.
Responding to the article, The NHS is broken – is it time for a radical rethink? (July 23) his letter states:
“There is a very simple way to get change in the NHS. All performance targets should be based on patient outcomes, not processes. For example, ambulances should not be measured on response times to cardiac arrests, but on mortality and morbidity caused by cardiac arrests in the community.
“The NHS chief executive should be accountable for the average UK life expectancy. In addition, the NHS needs to be accountable to the public via their elected representatives.
“Currently, NHS management does not seem to be accountable to the public they serve. Recent NHS legislation has broken the link between the NHS, the Secretary of State and Parliament. Accountability needs to be reconnected as a matter of urgency.”