My mission statement

The times we are working in now need a great deal of accelerated change and there must be no negotiating that down. So my mission statement for this part of my consultancy career is to be clear that there needs to be and will be a lot of change from the work that I do with individuals and organisations and if organisations don’t want that, then it is probably best to go somewhere else.

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Radical? New?? What can the current Secretary of State mean?

Filed Under (Coalition Government, Conservative party, Health Policy, White Paper) by Paul on 29-11-2010

There is an interesting update to my last post which asked questions about how the Government would spin their coming Public Health White Paper. Quoting from the 2004 new Labour Public Health White Paper I was suggesting that the new Government may start to claim it as being “revolutionary” when in fact it will be merely a reconstruction of the past.

Then on the Andrew Marr programme at 0920 on Sunday Morning (28 November), in a live interview the Secretary of State began this process before my eyes.

When asked about the measures that will be in his White Paper he said they were “Radical…, New”

The first example that he went on to talk about was the “Nurse Family Partnership”. This is indeed a radical intervention. It involves mothers-to-be from certain groups, from the moment they become pregnant, getting nurse-led assistance to think through the impact their lifestyle will have on their child-to-be. When the baby is born this intensive help continues. Such interventions have been proven in the US to have very good impacts for mother and baby and long term health outcomes.

How come I know so much about this?

It was announced in the autumn of 2006 by my wife – then the Minister for Social Exclusion in the Cabinet. There have been many children and mothers who have benefited from this important intervention.

I’m really glad that the current Secretary of State wants to increase the numbers of children who benefit from it.

It is radical but it is not new. If the rest of his White Paper is as “new” as this it will demonstrate that this Government agrees with its predecessor. Not a bad thing – but don’t go around claiming it’s new.

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