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“Strategic vacuum” after end of NHS London threatens patient care in the capital

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8130 (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8130
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The government needs to spell out who will be responsible for coordinating health services across London when the capital’s strategic health authority is abolished in April 2012, says the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund.

A report from the fund warns that the situation raises “a real risk of declining financial performance and a failure to tackle unacceptable variations in the quality of care in the reformed NHS.”

The Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently before parliament, does not deal with what the fund refers to as “a strategic vacuum” in the coordination of London’s health services. …

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