I have just seen this item from Workplace Savings and Benefits magazine last week:
Which suggests that the Health and Work Service trials are being pushed back – potentially as far as the 15th December.
A few thoughts on this development:
- This is no surprise, the entire project has been running in arrears for some time – so a delay to the trials is not unexpected.
- As far as I’m aware, the actual geographical areas for the trials had not been widely announced, so I don’t suppose this delay creates any immediate practical problems for employers, as most would not expect to be able to access the service until next year anyway.
- The suggestion that the delay has been triggered by the need for obtaining greater G.P. buy-in to the service may well be correct. As covered previously here, the family Dr could well be key to the success or otherwise of this initiative. However this delay could have been avoided if the service had remained mandatory for G.P. referrals.
- Will HWS start “on time” nationally next year? It’s already been subject to a lot of delays, so it will be interesting to see if the Government can deliver on the latest timing promise.
Will keep you posted.