Milburn proposes to decentralise the NHS

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1083
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

    The number of health authorities in England will be cut from 99 to 30 as part of a radical reorganisation of the NHS.

    Launching the NHS Modernisation Agency, the health secretary, Alan Milburn, said that the new plans would give more power to frontline staff and release £100m ($140m) for patient care.

    By 2004, two thirds of the 99 health authorities will have merged, with many of their responsibilities devolved to primary care trusts. The 30 remaining “strategic health authorities” will monitor the performance of local health services and provide a link with the Department of Health. Each …

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