NHS official steps down

NHS official Professor Aidan Halligan, director of clinical governance, resigned this week and criticized the government's reform efforts. This comes just two months after the departure of Sir Nigel Crisp, the NHS' chief executive. The key issue is that money has been thrown at the problem without reforming workflow process. Halligan stated, "any suggestion of real reform has been a deceit. Working patterns, practice and custom are at the heart of many capacity issues [in the NHS] and have never been challenged." This mirrors what was said about the NHS' National Program for Information Technology by consultant Phil Sissions earlier this week.

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