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16 Nov 2007

Sir Gerry Robinson returns to the NHS on BBC TWO this December

Sir Gerry Robinson

Sir Gerry Robinson

Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? One Year On
TX: BBC TWO, 9pm, Wednesday 12 December

Sir Gerry Robinson is returning to the scene of one of his most daunting challenges – to reduce waiting lists at an NHS Hospital in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, within six months and with no additional funds at his disposal.

His challenge was documented in the three-part, fully-funded Open University series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? broadcast on BBC TWO in January 2007.

In Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? One Year On, Sir Gerry returns to Rotherham General Hospital – in this new programme, also fully-funded by The Open University, to see if the ideas and initiatives developed were still in place 12 months later and if they had made a difference.

Sir Gerry Robinson and Brian James

Sir Gerry Robinson and Brian James

Through his original work at the hospital, Sir Gerry found barriers to change and tensions between consultants, managers and executive staff. The Rotherham NHS Trust is a massive organisation, with dedicated staff but the NHS is a constantly changing organisation that has to be run more like a business than a service. Sir Gerry needed all of his skills, experience and tenacity to help them implement this crucial transition.

One Year On shows Sir Gerry’s trepidation as he wonders how effective his reforms have been and even if they are still being employed.

The Full Press Release can be downloaded by clicking on the Press Release link to the right.

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