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NHS reforms could “sabotage” the UK’s trend of improved health outcomes, MPs hear

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1727 (Published 17 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1727
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The upward trend of improved health outcomes being enjoyed in the UK could be reversed by the NHS reforms, MPs have been told.

Witnesses appearing before MPs on the parliamentary health select committee on 15 March were doubtful that the reforms being proposed under the Health and Social Care Bill would help boost outcomes or make any difference.

As part of their inquiry into commissioning, the MPs referred to the fact that the UK now has the best cardiac surgery outcomes data in Europe and arguably in the world.

This, however, seemed to conflict with what health secretary Andrew Lansley was saying about how the NHS was failing in outcomes in many areas in …

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