Trusts warn that NHS reforms could cause patient care failures and financial chaos

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5693
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS trusts in England are concerned at the “significant risks and worrying uncertainties” of the proposed reforms to the health service, mirroring concerns raised by the medical professional bodies.

The NHS Confederation, which represents 95% of NHS organisations, warns that the government’s plan to make major structural changes to the NHS when money is being trimmed could lead to a reduction in the quality of patient care and loss of financial control.

The confederation, which published its response to the government’s white paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, on 11 October, said its members had major concerns that GPs did not yet have enough capacity …

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