Some health and wellbeing boards are too “pink and fluffy” and lack spine, expert warns

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f136
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Some of the new bodies that bring together the NHS, public health, and local authorities to coordinate health services in England lack the “stiffness of spine” to make actual improvements in healthcare, MPs have been told.

The local health and wellbeing boards, one of the less controversial aspects of the coalition government’s changes to the NHS, were discussed during an evidence session of the parliamentary communities and local government committee on 7 January.

MPs on the committee, as part of their inquiry into the role of local authorities in health issues, asked about the …

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