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New “academic trusts” will signal start of reorganisation of NHS in England

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 04 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b906
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Creating academic health trusts in England is just the first stage of reconstruction of the health service that will see a rationalisation of organisations in the next few years, say those bidding for the new type of trust.

    The health minister Ara Darzi called for the establishment of academic health science centres in England when he published his plans to overhaul London’s health services in July 2007 (BMJ 2007;335:61; doi:10.1136/bmj.39273.467697.DB).

    The centres of excellence will straddle academic and clinical medicine and help deliver groundbreaking treatments to patients’ bedsides more quickly. They will be run along the lines of Massachusetts Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the United States and allow patients …

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