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Health sector spin-outs: 'There's a feeling of ownership'

"If people want to do it, say you have two or three local authorities who believe the benefits are there, what tends to happen is that the complications fall away.”










Hannah Fearn

The Guardian

30 April 2014



PA Consulting Group’s Karen Cherrett, a government expert, is quoted in an article in the Guardian. Karen talks about public sector mutuals and why the health and social care sector is so suited to them; 58 of the 66 public sector mutuals provide health services.

In the article, Karen points out that significant cultural change takes three to five years – sometimes up to a decade – to embed in an organisation and as the introduction of new providers to the health service began almost a decade ago, health staff are willing to take on a new structure, while other services prove reluctant.

Karen says: "By far the hardest bit is getting it going. Lots of lessons that were prohibiting spin outs, in both a confidence and ability to get things going, is now being addressed. We have much more targeted support on confidence and competence."

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