In the driving seat: How to evolve effective leaders of hospitals

Evidence counts for everything in so many parts of the health service. Treatments without strong evidence bases are not often offered, surgery carrying more risks than benefits is unlikely to be carried out and preventive care tends to be underpinned by public health data and trends. Until recently – and health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s penchant for ‘seven-day services’ – even overarching policy was generally based on firm data, and a consensus among studies.

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