Local groups will commission health services in Wales

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:247
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Gwent

    A minimum of 22 local health groups will take responsibility for commissioning health services in Wales, according to the new white paper on the future of the NHS in the principality.

    Launching the document, Welsh health minister Win Griffiths said that savings made from the ending of the internal market—an estimated £10m ($16m) a year—would be redirected to patient services.

    A cornerstone of the new structure will be the local health groups, which will be based on the 22 unitary council areas, although some larger areas like Cardiff may have more than one. …

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