Health reforms will not succeed without public engagement, say providers

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3818
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The challenges facing the NHS in England to provide better care and services for patients while making £20bn (€22.8bn; $32.2bn) of savings will not be overcome by amendments to the health bill promised by the government without engaging the public and the community, a leading figure from the not for profit sector has said.

Victor Adebowale, chief executive of the health and social care organisation Turning Point, told a meeting at the King’s Fund that patients feel disengaged from the process of new services opening and other services closing.

“That £20bn of savings is being enacted as we speak, and it is not going to be managed without some very big decisions. That kind of change without engaging communities …

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