NHS reforms do little to empower patients, charities say

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d903
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Eight leading health charities have criticised the health reforms in England, saying that the plan to make GP commissioning consortiums accountable to the public are far too weak.

The Health and Social Care Bill, which has just reached the committee stage (BMJ 2011;342:d837, 8 Feb, doi:10.1136/bmj.d837), places £80bn of the NHS budget in the hands of the GP led consortiums. One of the stated aims of the reforms is to empower patients. But in a letter to the Times the charities say that the changes do little to give patients a stronger voice at the local level.

The letter, signed by the Alzheimer’s Society, Asthma UK, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Diabetes UK, National Voices, Rethink, …

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