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MPs say NHS emergency accountability is not clear

27th March 2013

The Communities and Local Government Committee has warned that the government's plans for the NHS means that health emergency accountability is "unclear".

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The Committee has published a report which said the plans meant it was "not clear who will be in charge in the event of a health emergency".

Starting in April, councils are responsible for the creation of health and wellbeing boards to "oversee and co-ordinate" care across different health sectors, such as social care.

The report said: "We heard serious concerns about the arrangements for screening and immunisation."

"We urge the government and the NHS Commissioning Board to review the arrangements with a view to devolving these services to public health staff within local government, who have the local knowledge to make the system work." 

 

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