MPs approve greater powers for UK government to close hospitals, but with a CCG veto

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2111
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have voted for a change in the law that will give the government more power to close well performing hospitals that are in the same area as poorer performing neighbours.

However, last minute concessions were made to give clinical commissioning groups the power to stop any moves that might use successful hospitals to help solve problems at failing trusts.

MPs in the House of Commons debated an amendment (clause 119) to the Care Bill on 10 and 11 March, which could allow services at well performing trusts to be shut or downgraded as part of a wider plan to reconfigure health services across a whole region on the recommendation of a government appointed trust special administrator at a nearby failing trust.

After a lengthy debate held over two …

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