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Government announces army of 133 to rescue England's NHS

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7241.1027 (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1027
  1. Judy Jones
  1. MalmesburyWiltshire

    The “great and the good” of England's healthcare establishment and a “new model army” of Blairite innovators have beenmobilised to draw up a plan to revitalise the NHS—by July (1 April, p 889)

    A full membership list for the six task forces (modernisation action teams)was published by the Department of Health last week. The 133 name call up reveals an eclectic and potentially explosive mix.

    The Department of Health summed up the composition of the task forces as “leading and frontline doctors, nurses, patients, managers and other NHS staff.”

    Close inspection of the list, however, also reveals that substantial numbers of bureaucrats and government officials are getting a slice of the action.

    Senior managers, executives, and …

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