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Accountability remains “grey area” that could lead to failure of NHS reforms, warns NHS Confederation

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7442 (Published 30 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7442
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The demands being made on the NHS are so huge that unless more is done to support the organisations expected to deliver the reforms patients could lose out, the NHS Confederation has warned.

In his new year’s message Nigel Edwards, acting chief executive of the organisation which represents most NHS bodies, said that “2011 will be really tough for the NHS, possibly the toughest year it has faced.”

He said that policy makers needed to spell out how the reforms being introduced in England will improve patient care, how they will work in practice, and what is being done to mitigate the risks associated with them.

Mr Edwards said his organisation supported …

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