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Letters NHS reforms

Issues MPs and the media have missed in Lansley’s bill

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3194
  1. John R W Lister, senior lecturer in health journalism and health policy, Coventry University1
  1. 1Oxford OX4 7UR, UK
  1. john.lister{at}

The Commons Public Accounts Committee review makes damning criticisms of Lansley’s deeply flawed Health and Social Care Bill, exposing the shallowness of parliamentary scrutiny.1 But it fails to note that the bill would end the accountability of the secretary of state for the continued provision of health services and ignores the loss of local accountability.2

GP consortiums, the …

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