Health department considers how to make NHS more independentBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39185.705174.DB (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:815
- Nicholas Timmins, public policy editor
- Financial Times
Proposals to create an “NHS headquarters” or a “management executive” in England's Department of Health are being drawn up by David Nicholson, the health service's chief executive.
The move could be the first step towards the creation of a more independent board to run the NHS—with the aim of reducing the day to day involvement of politicians in what by next year will be a £90bn (€130bn; $180bn) business.
It comes as Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, has been reported to be interested in creating an independent board as one of his first acts as prime minister, assuming he becomes so. The Conservatives, under David …