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Tories want to free NHS of political interference

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39255.541308.DB (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1338
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The Conservative party plans to free the health service from political interference by handing over control of the day to day running of the NHS in England to an independent NHS board.

    The radical plan appears in a white paper that will form the basis of the party's health policy at the next general election.

    Launching the document last week, the Tory leader David Cameron said that, in addition to the planned NHS board, a pledge to scrap national targets and devolve more power to doctors would further enhance the independence of the NHS.

    The shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said, “We need a service where the government …

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