Children's surgery services under threat from competition, says report

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:177
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Children's surgical services could disappear from district general hospitals if they are not exempt from health policies involving competition, forcing children to travel to large specialist centres for routine operations, experts warn.

    A report from the Children's Surgical Forum has called for routine surgery for children to remain available locally in the future and not be threatened by initiatives that have introduced competition between trusts.

    David Jones, chairman of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and chairman of the forum, …

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