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NHS London chief resigns in protest at government axing of plans

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 27 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2879
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    Richard Sykes, the chairman of NHS London, has resigned in protest at the government’s decision to halt the reorganisation of health care in the capital.

    Last week, the new health secretary Andrew Lansley announced he would halt the Healthcare for London changes devised by former health minister Ara Darzi. The plans included a reorganisation of hospital services, with centralised major trauma; heart attack, stroke, and vascular surgery networks; and the building of GP led polyclinics. Mr Lansley had made an election pledge to put an immediate moratorium on any proposals to downgrade emergency department services and close maternity units in the capital as a result of …

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