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Medicopolitical Digest CCSC sets up working party on the new NHS

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:140
  1. L Beecham

    The Central Consultants and Specialists Committee has set up a working party on the government's proposals that from April the NHS should be managed from Leeds supported by eight regional offices (30 October 1993, p 1091). A consultation document was issued in November (13 November 1993, p 1286) and the consultation period ends next week. The CCSC's working party will look at how the functions of the postgraduate dean, medical manpower planning, medical advisory machinery, and other professional matters can best be organised in the new structure.

    When the General Medical Services Committee discussed the proposals it was concerned that the regional officers would operate as civil service outposts rather than independent authorities and that the independent role of the regional medical officer or regional director of public health would be lost. The size of the new regions would make it difficult to coordinate the provision of medical advice, and the committee pointed out that the location of regional headquarters will be contentious in some regions. The GMSC will ask to be consulted on arrangements for merging district health authorities and family health services authorities and will ask for general practitioners to be full members or observers on the new authorities.

    Labour party will consult on health policy

    The Labour party will consult widely on its comprehensive health policy document, which, according to the party's health spokesman, will be published later this month. Mr David Blunkett told the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee last month that unlike the health service the party had time to consult and listen.

    The party's programme will spell out its commitment to patients' rights. It will emphasise a new public health agenda and recognise that prevention is better than cure. Mr Blunkett said that his party would not fine people for not reaching specific targets so ensuring that they did not have …

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