If I had been David Cameron, the Bill would have stopped after the foreward to "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" and been followed with: "And this is how we are going to do it..."
Ann Anderson, Deputy Director for Strategic Development, NHS Somerset talks of an experiment to understand what it takes to help people live a good life. Users love it, staff love it and costs fall dramatically. No targets, no pathways, no referrals, no moves from one specialist service to another. No plan. Just understanding. And a willingness to create solutions based on this.
It is an experiment that shows that understanding people in the context of how they live their lives can halt the flighpath to dependency. It is an example of genuine leadership using evidence to design the right responses for people.
It works, it's happening now and it shows that there is a better way. It just means being prepared to change the way you think and go seeing for yourself how current management convention ends up costing us more and gives people a life the system wants not the life they want.