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Cameron had no formal correspondence with Keogh before promising a seven day NHS

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4637
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

No formal correspondence took place between Prime Minister David Cameron and the medical director of NHS England on the definition of seven day services before Cameron announced his plan to create “a truly seven day NHS,” an investigation by BMJ Careers has found.

The BMA said that the lack of any formal correspondence on a definition of seven day services was “astounding.”

The Department of Health had previously refused a freedom of information (FOI) request from BMJ Careers to see correspondence between itself and the prime minister discussing the definition of seven day services.1 This time, BMJ Careers approached NHS England using FOI legislation to request copies of any correspondence between the Prime Minister’s Office and Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, from April 2013 (when NHS England was created) to 30 July 2015 regarding what constitutes seven day services …

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