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Doubts raised over political support for hospital reconfiguration

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6049 (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6049
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The appetite of politicians to support a new vision for hospital care in the United Kingdom has been questioned by one of the leading architects of the proposals.

Timothy Evans, who chaired the group that wrote the recent report on the future of hospitals on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians, told a conference in Glasgow that previous attempts to reshape services had floundered because of the lack of political commitment. He gave the example of proposals to merge hospitals in London that were opposed by MPs worried about the loss of local services.

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