Queen’s speech presages independent board for the NHS

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2822
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Increased power for health professionals and patients in the running of the NHS is to be introduced under the new government’s legislative plans for the next 18 months.

    In the Queen’s speech delivered this week, Prime Minister David Cameron set out his plans contained in 22 bills and one draft bill.

    Under the Health Bill, the government aims to give health professionals and patients more say over decision making in the NHS. This bill will also create an independent NHS board to allocate resources and provide guidance to allow GPs to commission services; strengthen the role of regulator the Care Quality Commission; axe some health quangos; cut some centrally set targets; and focus more on the problem of health inequalities.

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