From the archives: The ethos is back, but with an updated spin The new ethos is a different breed of brand: “A culture of personal responsibility and personal empowerment that is grounded in personal responsibility, personal empowerment, personal choice, and a commitment to personal freedom”.
The ethos, which was launched in July 2017, is a spin on the ethos of the nation’s biggest export – the National Health Service, the NHS which is responsible for providing the country’s NHS.
In the NHS, the ethos has changed from a government-backed “culture of self-sacrifice and responsibility” to one of “personal responsibility, individual empowerment and personal choice”.
The new spirit of the ethos is more “empowering”, with a focus on personal empowerment and “personal choice”.
In the new ethos, a “culture” is created for individuals to work towards personal and collective growth.
“As a country we have become increasingly focused on individual responsibility and individual empowerment, but we also need to do more to support the health and well-being of the entire country,” the statement says.
The new approach to the ethos also sees a focus for government on the “economic well-spring” of the NHS – which in the NHS means health and wellbeing of people, including the NHS.
“Our national economic well-sees have been weakened by the rise of social inequalities, the rise in inequalities in health and the worsening of the health inequalities in this country,” it says.
“The government will support efforts to strengthen the economy and health of the whole country, in order to ensure that all the people of this country have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.”
A change of heart?
The NHS has been criticised for its “social cleansing” of its staff and patients in the UK.
“In the NHS the ethos became increasingly less about individual responsibility, and more about a government programme to redistribute wealth to those who are not fit to work,” Dr Stephen Fife, director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, told the BBC.
“It was very hard for us to see the new NHS ethos coming together.”
But it is unlikely that Dr Fife would say this would be the end of the government’s “spirit” of NHS.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the new “spirit of the new” will “continue to evolve”.
“I don’t think it’s too late for us, because the NHS has always had a new spirit,” he said.
The government is currently funding a £1.9bn health trust in Wales to “build on the strengths of NHS Wales”. “
And that’s a very positive thing.”
The government is currently funding a £1.9bn health trust in Wales to “build on the strengths of NHS Wales”.
A new £1bn trust will be set up in the West Midlands to provide care to people in rural areas and provide health care to the elderly.
The Wales Health Trust was established in 2020, with the aim of “improving health in rural Wales”, according to a statement from the Welsh government.
“This investment will build on the strong work already done by NHS Wales to improve quality and reduce the costs of healthcare for Wales’ people and local communities,” the Welsh Health Authority said.
The Welsh Government said that it would also provide the “best health outcomes” for patients and families across the country.
“We have made significant investment in the health services of Wales and are committed to working with the health care sector to deliver the best outcomes for patients, families and the wider community,” the Wales Health Authority statement said.
BBC Wales Health correspondent Jonathan Bowden said the new spirit could mean that the NHS will become more accountable to the public.
“There will be more responsibility on the NHS to help people, and the NHS is increasingly becoming a social care system, with more of its resources being spent on providing care for the sick and vulnerable,” he told BBC Wales.
“If you’re a doctor, and your patients are people with cancer, it could mean they’re going to be treated more closely.
If you’re an NHS worker, and they’re people with heart problems, you’re going get to be seen more frequently.”
The Welsh government said it had invested more than £1 billion in the Wales health trust over the past year, including £200m in “transforming our hospitals and the health service into an integrated system of care”.