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Coalition’s changes to NHS were damaging and distracting, says new review

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h633 (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h633
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The reorganisation of the NHS in England under the coalition government was badly timed and has led to damaging and distracting effects, an assessment by the health policy think tank the King’s Fund has concluded.

The Health and Social Care Act, which was signed into law in March 2012 and took effect in April 2013, led to complex changes in the structure of the NHS at a time when the focus should have been on tackling an unprecedented funding squeeze and the growing demand for services, said the report.1

In a warning to political parties ahead of the general election in May, Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund and an author of the report, said, “Politicians should be wary of ever again embarking on such a sweeping …

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