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Letters Open letter

An open letter to Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, and Alistair Burns, national clinical lead for dementia

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6666

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Outstanding, principled direct attack on a shameful policy. But let's go further and look at who is behind this. In an interview on Radio 4 Today programme on 23/10/14 about 8:20, Simon Stevens named "the Alzheimer's Society and other patient groups (unnamed)" as supporting the policy. They and Stevens are unelected. Was the elected minister consulted? Alzheimer's clearly have an interest, but do they have backers with further interests?
We need to know from Stevens.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 November 2014
Harry J A Longman
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