With no prior warning, the long-awaited Rose Report was eventually published last week. The review, commissioned by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and led by former Marks and Spencer chief Sir Stuart Rose, set out to look at complex management structures within the NHS. It was reported that Sir Stuart had completed the work in December last year before the election but the publication date was heavily delayed.
Amid a national conversation about Jeremy Hunt’s seven-day service proposals, what should have been a landmark report has received little coverage. Indeed, the Health Secretary only afforded the “excellent” report only a fleeting mention in his speech to the King’s Fund on Friday, as he outlined his 25-year vision for the NHS.
Much has been made of the delay to the report’s publication. Hunt faced criticism as it became clear it would embarrass the government for its record of training leaders and managers just before an election that focused squarely on the NHS.