Health sector organisations are over-confident about their ability to cope with uncertain times, according to new data. The findings suggest that employers in the sector are taking too many risks with their business, despite identifying the key challenges they face.

The data, published by the Chartered Management Institute, shows:

  • only half the organisations in the health sector believe "managing risk" is important and just 28 per cent also accept that "skills development" is urgent, despite 51 per cent admitting low skills is the biggest problem they face;

  • failed IT projects are as prevalent today as in 1980, yet only 16 per cent of organisations in the sector believe mastering technology is important for their business;

  • just 18 per cent say "innovation" is important in the workplace.