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Reorganisations often benefit administrators rather than patients

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:786
  1. Neville Hughes,
  2. Paul Samet
  1. South Harrow, Middlesex HA2 8TD
  2. Hatch End, Middlesex HA5 4TJ

    EDITOR—As part of the reorganisation of hospitals, health authorities have been issuing consultation documents and proposing merging, relocating, or closing services. They claim that it is not a matter of reducing costs while emphasising that no change is not an option. Consultation is regarded as a necessary evil. Some consultations are a sham in which the public is asked to endorse a single item, without any indication of what will happen if it is rejected.

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