University calls for overhaul of public sector management 

The government’s approach to public sector management is in dire need of an overhaul, according to a report from Lancaster University Management School. 

It said that the government’s reform agendas after the NHS modernisation plan in 2000 were too target-driven and had demoralised senior NHS managers. 

Professor Frank Blackler, the report’s author, said: “The lack of local control, centralised priorities and the target regime have left a legacy, despite the slashing of targets.

“A lack of understanding between politicians and the public sector is largely to blame for the difficulties surrounding leadership and there is a real need to bridge the gap.” 

The research, based on 25 interviews with NHS chief executives, assessed the roles and concerns of senior-level management.

NHS managers fight back

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