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NHS reforms have produced “only limited benefits so far”

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39609.486644.DB (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1327
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The government’s ambitious programme of reform for the NHS has delivered only limited benefits for patients, says a report from two healthcare watchdogs.

    Unless GPs are given the support to take forward commissioning in the community “the reform programme will not provide the necessary balance of power between primary and secondary care” to succeed, says the report from the Healthcare Commission and the Audit Commission.

    In 2000 the then prime minister, Tony Blair, announced a range of sweeping reforms in the NHS plan for England to deliver a more devolved health service with improved services for patients (BMJ 2000;321:317; doi: 10.1136/bmj.321.7257.317). The reforms …

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