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Health secretary cuts number of targets in a move to local health plans

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:252
  1. Madeline Brettingham
  1. London

    The next stage of NHS reform will be driven by local planning rather than national targets, according to the secretary of state for health, John Reid, who last week launched the government's latest three year plan for the health service.

    The document sets out the guidelines by which all organisations in the NHS will be expected to implement the June 2004 NHS Improvement Plan. The emphasis is on local autonomy and care of individual patients. National targets, previously a keystone of government healthcare policy, have been cut by more than half, from 62 to 20.

    Mr Reid stressed that the aim of the …

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