Health department still sees itself as “HQ of the hospital system,” says former regulator

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1405
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

    The former health secretary Alan Milburn’s powerful vision of a health department that championed the interests of patients and set priorities and national care standards but let hospitals in England get on with the job of running themselves remains a long way from being fulfilled, warns Bill Moyes, the former head of Monitor, the regulator of NHS foundation trusts.

    And, reflecting on his six years in the job, Mr Moyes, who stood down as chairman at the end of January, said he was pessimistic that foundation trusts’ freedoms would survive the forthcoming squeeze on public spending.

    With almost half of all acute hospitals still not foundation trusts, a key opportunity to use the application process “to create a …

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