For those of you who are closely following our progress with government on the subject of Procurement in the NHS in particular, you may have noticed that we appear to have gone quiet on the subject and wondered how our meeting went. Well things have been far from quiet at this end: Jon Hughes, Mark Webb and myself have had several conversations within our network and are truly grateful to all of our NHS procurement colleagues for their candour and time to help us make our case with as much gusto and passion as possible – AND of course make it based on as much facts and data to hand as possible! Mark and I have also met with our respective local MPs for greater insight. We are well prepared and intend to make our points hard hitting.
We are meeting at No. 10 today as our original meeting date was changed. This was because I requested some extra time to ensure that the time we had was as valuable as possible and we could cover some key points– after all it’s great value to spend a couple of hours to understand how our country can avoid this looming blackhole. We intend to chat about the broader NHS challenges and current targets and the specific challenges of bringing out major transformation in a decentralised structure.
We also intend to have fun – we didn’t get to this point by being shy and this is an issue that affects us all, in real ways, so it really matters. To quote a great leader, Sir Winston Churchill: “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts”. We intend to make our point very clear, and if we don’t have success here, we have identified other routes to make these points heard. This journey is far from over.