Doctors support biggest local reconfiguration in NHS, says Hunt

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6593
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Ambitious plans to reconfigure nine hospitals across northwest London have the blessing of local doctors, said England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Hunt announced on 30 October that he was backing plans to reconfigure health services in northwest London that were presented to him in advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, the group of experts that advises the health secretary on changes to NHS services.

However, the trade union Unite described the plans as a “cause for considerable concern,” especially the downgrading of two accident and emergency departments to urgent care centres and changes planned for another two emergency departments.

The panel was asked to scrutinise proposals made earlier this year by the Shaping a Healthier Future programme led by …

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