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Ministers believe reforms will lead to better care

15th June 2011

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The reform plans for the health service have been a huge and controversial undertaking, writes the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle.

However, these reforms have concentrated almost exclusively on changes to NHS structure and policies rather than patient treatment.

This is because the short-term effect on patients is "barely noticeable" but the longer term impact could transform health care in England.

The government has gone forward with changes as it believes that they will help solve the challenges posed by increasing pressures on the health service coupled with stricter budgets.

MPs want to avoid huge waiting lists and "rationing" of services, so are keen to explore the alternative.

This alternative is one where more efficient decisions are made, which unlocks "the potential of the NHS to provide more effective and revolutionary care".

These changes could include super hospitals, allowing patients to be treated in their own homes and bringing hospital treatment to the high street.


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