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Lansley reforms will destroy NHS, leading doctors say

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7224 (Published 14 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7224
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

More than 200 leading doctors have attacked the plans of England’s health secretary, Andrew Lansley, to reform the NHS, saying that they will destroy the health service.

Policy experts have also questioned the wisdom of the changes, given a newly published social attitudes survey of Britain, which rates current public satisfaction with the NHS at a record high.

A joint letter signed by 206 medical professionals published in the Times newspaper on 13 December says that the health secretary’s desire to put patients at the heart of care and involve clinicians in decisions about service provision could be achieved without the “massive structural upheaval” of abolishing primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. …

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