NHS overhaul promises made9th May 2008
Lord Darzi has reassured patients that any changes made to the NHS as part of his review of the health system in the UK will improve the service.
The new plans will be put in place by nine regional teams after a consultation exercise. These local plans will be made available in the next few weeks and the East of England will be the first to publish theirs.
Lord Darzi stated that councils would have the opportunity to submit challenges to the overhaul.
He will then submit a final report in mid-2008 as part of the health service's 60th anniversary.
He said that the reformed system, where patients will be treated in polyclinics, will "benefit patients". The new polyclinics will see GPs working with hospital staff, nurses and social care practitioners.
Lord Darzi stressed that changes would only happen if it had been clearly proved that it would improve the standard of service provided to patients.
He said that current systems would not be removed until the improved systems were in place.
Lord Darzi said: "This is not about change for change's sake. It's about change for the right reasons, improving quality of care for patients and saving lives."
Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association's GP committee, criticised the plans for polyclinics.
He said: "The government wishes to impose the polyclinic model on every trust in the country regardless of need or demand."
"The government appears to be moving further away from the personalised care it claims to aspire to."
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Title: NHS overhaul promises made
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 6682
Date Added: 9th May 2008