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Strong leadership 'may avoid need for strike negotiations'

Strong leadership is essential in the face of NHS reforms, an expert has said.

01 July 2011

Strong leadership may be necessary to avoid the need for strike negotiations between the government and professionals in the NHS, an expert has suggested.

According to Jayne Carrington, managing director of consultancy Right Management, it is essential for effective leadership to be implemented in order to "engage and align employees with the vision and direction of the NHS" as the system undergoes widespread reforms.

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance revealed earlier this year its decision to make several changes to the healthcare arena, many of which were derided by employees in the sector.

After extensive consultation, the administration then agreed to alter several of its proposals to appease workers, but it is known that many remain sceptical as to the effect these legislative reforms will have.

However, Ms Carrington insisted any potential industrial action could be avoided by engaging and aligning employees through "early buy-in", something she described as "absolutely critical" in the face of significant changes to any organisation.

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