Two in five doctors don’t think government reforms will improve patient care

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6032
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

Less than a quarter of doctors believe that the government’s health reforms will improve the care of patients. This is the finding of a new survey commissioned by the independent health think tank the King’s Fund and undertaken just before last week’s spending review announcement.

The survey of 1000 doctors (500 hospital doctors and 500 GPs), carried out by, showed that 24% of doctors think that the proposed reforms in the white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS would achieve one of its key goals: “to focus on continuously improving those things that really matter to patients—the outcome of their healthcare.”

Not only did 38% of those surveyed …

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