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Jeremy Hunt 'wants to boost GP morale by awarding more gongs'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to prioritise the recognition of senior doctors through the honours list and the proliferation of award ceremonies for outstanding achievement in the health service, according to his second in command at the Department of Health.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday, health minister Philip Dunne MP said recognition of this sort could provide ‘self-motivation’ for staff.

Mr Dunne told delegates at the UK2020 panel discussion on building an NHS fit for an independent UK: ’I do think we need to try to recognise outstanding achievement within the health service, as I understand it that’s another priority of the secretary of state. He wants to see more senior clinicians recognised through all sorts of different systems, through the honours system.

’I was at our local hospital on Friday, and the new chief exec of the hospital trust had arranged an awards ceremony for the staff, that’s the first time that had ever happened in that trust.

‘It seems extraordinary, it’s absolutely standard practice across most other industries: people’s achievement is recognised. We need to do more of that to raise the status, and self motivation of the staff.’

The idea was criticised by Dr Fiona Payne, a former NHS GP turned private doctor and CQC specialist advisor, who said GPs’ reward was ‘getting our patients better and treated quickly.’

At the same event, Mr Dunne also said that politicians should defend the changes and losses of ‘cherished facilities’ being proposed by the ’Sustainability and Transformation Plans’, the blueprints for the future of the health service being developed across England

Mr Dunne said: ’Politicians will recognise that this is a good idea, where proposals are to change bricks and mortar, inevitably it’s likely to concern the public that they’re losing a cherished facility.

‘I’ve been in plenty of buildings in the last three months that were constructed over 100 years ago, and I’m not sure they’re necessarily the ideal way to provide care in the future.’

Readers' comments (50)

  • Going, going, gong.

    Gong with the wind.

    Gong AWOL.

    Easy come, easy gong.

    Gong from bad to worse.

    All systems gong.

    Gong through the motions.

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  • Geez, this must be for his imposed penance/ contract, or like the 50% pay cut per item, or like going to war [ prof Nicholson]q

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  • ask me. I can certainly tell you where to put that Gong.

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  • Some years ago when we retired after 40 years service in the NHS is was nice to receive a letter from the head of the health authority thanking us for our commitment etc. That all disappeared when the PCTs came along and now you just get berated for taking your hard earned pension as if you're stealing from the rest of society.

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  • Who would get the gongs. Inner city GPs with 30 + years experience or college boys?

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  • Can we get one of those nice NHS badges he has on?
    Where do you get them?

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  • Knighthood for Tony Copperfield?

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  • recognise seniority & service provided by seniors by cutting down their seniority payment ?!

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  • Very many hospitals give staff awards it is common practice .... but costs money!

    I am sure GPS and NHS staff would rather forgo an award for decent pay .... GPS have taken a bashing over the last few years, but the NHS needs to realise that fancy new buildings do not = quality care.

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  • The only 'Gong' the frontline GPs need are the ones saying 'Congratulations on your new integrated Primary care team, with access to Community Nursing, AHPs, Social Care' and 'Award of appropriate funding to do the work you need to do to keep your patients safe and healthy'. I'll take those any day over some trumped-up (sorry for the pun)meaningless piece of paper and awards ceremony designed more to puff up the managers' press profiles. Another example of the single-track, blinkered, black-and-white approach of a witless dullard.

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