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NHS reorganisation must not be rushed through during pandemic, leaders warn

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n431 (Published 11 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n431
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The government’s proposed reorganisation of the NHS in England must not be rushed through at a time when “physically and emotionally exhausted” staff are still dealing with the covid-19 pandemic, the BMA has warned.

BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul said the NHS was facing the greatest backlog of care ever on top of the continuing pressure of covid-19. Dealing with this would require “significant new resources and an immediate action plan,” and investment must not be diverted to the reorganisation, he said.

“Proposals for sweeping reorganisation on such a scale will need greater time for consideration and must not be rushed through while doctors are still tackling the winter surge in …

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