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Hays responds to Health and Social Care Bill ahead of MP debate

31 January 2011

Hays Health & Social Care, the leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people, comments on the new Health & Social Care Bill ahead of the MPs debate on the bill today.

Under the Bill published earlier this month two tiers of management will be scrapped and their powers given to GP-led commissioning consortia. This will leave GPs having to manage multi-million pound budgets. Paul Marriott, Managing Director of Hays Health & Social Care, says:

“The concern is whether GPs have the experience, skills and time to handle such huge budgets. One of the questions that is likely to be discussed by MPs today is what support needs to be in place to ensure GPs are successful in helping reduce the deficit across the NHS.

“The Government needs to look at the whole picture and consider the impact that these changes may have on patient care. GPs undertake huge amounts of clinical and healthcare training – they are experts in this field but they are not specialists in dealing with million pound budgets. This requires a different set of skills. Instead of simply servicing patients they will become the commissioner of services, which involves buying in services from healthcare providers, and the infrastructure required to deliver this effectively is considerable.

“It’s not just about financial training but GPs will need to understand the procurement process and draw on excellent planning, organisational and negotiation skills. Whilst they clearly have a wealth of knowledge which needs to be tapped into, they should be incorporated into the system rather than given responsibility for it.”


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About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2010, the Group employed 6,845 staff operating from 270 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2010:
– the Group reported net fees of £557.7 million and operating profit of £80.5 million;
– the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 180,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 26% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 30% in Continental Europe & RoW and 44% in the United Kingdom & Ireland
– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the United Kingdom.

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