A FORMER health boss says hospitals should be run locally with the NHS consigned to a funding and watchdog status.
Roger Thayne, former chief executive of Stafford- shire Ambulance Service, also says watchdog Moni- tor should be disbanded for failing patients.
Speaking from Australia, he told the Newsletter that Stafford Hospital was not the only hospital to have failings.
Mr Thayne was speaking ahead of the anticipated publication of the second Frances Report into Stafford Hospital.
He said the report should accept that “the condi- tions found at Stafford Hospital were not unique but all too common in our NHS”.
He said doctors who had allowed their patients to die unnecessarily and didn’t voice their concerns should be identified.
He also said changes in the way nurses were trained had contributed to the failings at the hospi- tal.
Mr Thayne said the report should “accept that Monitor failed totally, should be held accountable and should be disbanded as they clearly have no expertise in ensuring that foundation trusts are able to meet their primary purpose – to treat patients suc- cessfully in a caring environment.
“What has come to light as a result of Mid Stafford-
shire Hospital inquiries has raised serious doubts as to whether the NHS is a workable organisation which can provide quality, caring and safe health care.
“The report should consider that we should pass hospitals back to the public to manage locally, simi- lar to the hospice system, and that the NHS should be a funding and standards checking organisation only.”
The report is due to be handed to the Secretary of State this month but no publication date has been