Letters NHS data in the time of reform

Authors’ reply to Soljak

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4141 (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4141
  1. Allyson M Pollock, professor1,
  2. Alison Macfarlane, professor2,
  3. Sylvia Godden, honorary senior research fellow1
  1. 1Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, City University London, London, UK
  1. a.pollock{at}qmul.ac.uk

Soljak seems not to understand how the Health and Social Care Act 2012 will limit the availability of routine data to monitor the health service and the population by abolishing area based structures and transferring most health service responsibilities to non-geographically based clinical commissioning groups.1 Neighbourhood statistics and the index of multiple deprivation (IMD) increasingly draw on a range of more timely population based administrative and survey data,2 but even this fuller range …

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