Wednesday, April 11, 2007

NHS independence day - coming soon?

Today’s Financial Times carries an interesting article about plans being prepared for greater independence for the NHS.

I am a sceptic about proposals for an NHS constitution and “independence” unless such moves enshrine and promote choice and voice for patients and communities.

The idea of less central interference from politicians and Whitehall is welcome. But can politicians sit on their hands when they get the blame – rightly or wrongly – for everything that goes wrong anywhere in a £90 billion business?

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