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MPs raise fears over government’s lack of plans for failures in NHS reforms

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2683 (Published 26 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2683
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has inadequate safeguards in place to deal with any failures that may happen as part of the NHS reforms in England, MPs have warned.

No fully developed risk management protocol exists for the new commissioning bodies or providers under the new style NHS as envisaged by the Department of Health, said MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in a new report.

The report, published on 27 April, raises several concerns about plans to reform the NHS, as outlined in the government’s Health and Social Care Bill, published in January (BMJ 2011;342:d418, doi:10.1136/bmj.d418).

The government wants to transform the NHS into a devolved, market based model in which local commissioners (consortiums of GPs) and providers of health services are freed from central control.

MPs on the committee, however, said it was …

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