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'Independent NHS' pledge Tories

20th June 2007

The Conservative Party has unveiled plans to change the way the NHS in England is run in the future in a move which will see day-to-day control handed over to an independent board.


The plans, with board members chosen by the health secretary and accountable to ministers, would be part of an initiative to make the NHS more autonomous.

The Conservatives say the NHS should have more autonomy but it should also be made more accountable through strengthened health watchdogs and new patients' groups.

Under the structure, board members would allocate funds to primary care trusts and oversee the commissioning of NHS services, in line with objectives agreed with the health secretary. Centralised targets would also be abolished.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “The NHS board which we propose will give a high degree of independence which represents patient and public interests.?

Under the proposals, GPs' pay would be linked to the quality and success of treatments they provide but there would be no change to the GP contract, which was introduced in 2004.

The Tories would also set up a new national organisation called Healthwatch which would represent patients and enshrine 10 core principles of the NHS in legislation.

The NHS Confederation, which represents 90% of NHS organisations, welcomed the Tories' commitment to a tax-funded NHS.

The British Medical Association also welcomed the proposals for an independent NHS board.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has ruled out a similar plan, saying the NHS was too vast to be run by a board.


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Article Information

Title: 'Independent NHS' pledge Tories
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3190
Date Added: 20th Jun 2007


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