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Nuffield Trust backs independence for the NHS

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39231.396262.4E (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1129
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

    The English public loves the idea of a national health service but is less enchanted by the way it delivers health care, a new report into the independence of the NHS has concluded.

    A greater distance between ministers and day to day decisions in the service could improve staff morale, boost patients' confidence in doctors, and encourage young people to take up a career in medicine, says the report from the independent health policy and research charity the Nuffield Trust.

    “If the political process becomes tainted, this will rub off to some extent on the organisations that are …

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