Darzi report welcomed by BMA2nd July 2008
Doctors leaders have welcomed many of the changes announced in Lord Darziâ€™s review of the NHS.
However, the British Medical Association also warned that the new vision would fail if staff were sidelined and emphasised the need to empower staff.
Chairman of the BMA council Dr Hamish Meldrum said the report could bring improvements but added: â€śIn some areas there was insufficient consultation with the public or staff on changes to local NHS services during the review process and we donâ€™t want to see that repeated in the future.â€ť
The BMA also welcomed the introduction of an NHS constitution.
Dr Meldrum said: â€śThat is something the BMA has called for and the public deserves a clearer idea of what it can expect from the health service it funds.
â€śThe constitution should also empower staff, working with patients, to run the health service locally without the day-to-day interference of politicians.â€ť
He said the BMA was pleased to see a shift away from â€śtarget-driven health policiesâ€ť and toward the quality of patient care.
Dr Laurence Buckman chairman of the BMAâ€™s GPs Committee said, the BMA wanted to work with government â€śto see that its good intentions are turned into the health service that patients need at a cost that the public can afford.â€ť
The Kingâ€™s Fund has also welcomed the report but felt it contained two â€śsignificantâ€ť omissions: estimates of how much it would cost and an indications of how government expect the quality of health services to be in five or ten yearsâ€™ time.
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