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Scotland opts for a more integrated approach to health care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:519
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Scotland's 23 acute and primary care trusts are to be abolished in the latest set of NHS reforms, which are designed to create services that are more integrated. Clinical staff are to be given greater responsibility for redesigning services.

    The changes are contained in a white paper on health, and they mark a clear difference in emphasis from the development of health services in England. Scotland has rejected the idea of creating foundation hospitals, which are seen as potentially divisive.

    The Scottish health minister, Malcolm Chisholm, said: …

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