John Sinnot, chief executive, Leicestershire CC
The persisting centralised mindset on health continues to hamper real progress on improvements to the system.
The mostly critical responses from local government to the government’s fair funding review reveal a great deal.
Health bodies must rethink if if they want to keep local government on board
I was disappointed but not surprised to see something of a rush to criticise the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s consultation on its plans to establish an index of financial resilience for English councils.
Despite the temptation, we should not begrudge the NHS in getting its new settlement, but instead consider where we as local authorities now stand.
Reports from the Local Government Association finance conference, including LGC reporter Robert Cusack’s commentary, make for depressing reading.
I am glad a recent LGC Briefing referenced again the debate about the role of the chief executive. It has not felt to be an ongoing debate to me, but it should be.
In a previous article I said one of the problems facing sustainability and transformation partnerships has been bureaucracy imposed by NHS England.
Questions about the future of sustainability and transformation partnerships have not been answered by the view that their local unpopularity and the new national politics will kill them off.
Mark Rogers was right in his recent article that sector-wide organisations need to take a hard look at themselves as austerity continues.