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22 March 2000

BLAIR'S NHS CHALLENGE MUST CARRY STAFF WITH IT

Health union, MSF today (Wednesday, 22 March) welcomed the challenge laid down by the Prime Minister on NHS modernisation.

MSF Head of Health, Roger Kline said that MSF would respond positively to the challenge.

He said: "All our members use the NHS as well as working in it. We also want to make the NHS the best health system in the world."

"If the Prime Minister's challenge is to get the response it deserves it must ensure that staff across the NHS are treated with respect and are listened to. In too many NHS Trusts a culture of 'the right to manage' excludes most staff from influencing change."

"MSF will be preparing a detailed response to the modernisation challenge."

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MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.

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