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Government to reverse Lansley reforms in major NHS shake up

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 08 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n377

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Leaked government white paper ends England’s NHS internal market and returns power to health secretary

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Key elements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 are to be reversed in the biggest legislative shake up of the English health service in a decade.

A draft white paper,1 leaked to the website Health Policy Insight, outlines proposals to reverse major parts of former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s controversial reorganisation, including formally abolishing requirements to do with competition and competitive tendering in the NHS, and shifting control and decision making power back to Whitehall.

As The BMJ reported in December 2020,2 clinical commissioning groups, created in 2012, will be replaced by new larger statutory “integrated care …

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