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Health and wellbeing boards are at risk in fury over NHS reforms

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e876
  1. David Colin-Thomé, professor and independent healthcare consultant1
  2. On behalf of Amit Bhargava (national co-lead, NHS Alliance Clinical Commissioning Federation), Donna Kinnair (member of council, College of Medicine), Brian Fisher (patient and public involvement lead, NHS Alliance), Michael Dixon (chair NHS Alliance; chair of council, College of Medicine), Aidan Halligan (vice president, College of Medicine), Chris Drinkwater (president and public health lead, NHS Alliance), David Peters (member of council, College of Medicine), George Lewith (vice chair, College of Medicine), Cyril Chanter (member of advisory council, College of Medicine), and Graeme Catto (president, College of Medicine)
  1. 1Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9FD, UK
  1. david{at}

The fury over the NHS reforms risks missing the opportunity offered by health and wellbeing boards (HWBs).1 Marmot identified two priorities to make our health services sustainable2:

  • • Creating an enabling society that maximises individual and community potential

  • • Ensuring social justice, health, and sustainability at the heart of all policies.

HWBs, through their responsibility for the joint strategic …

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