NHS to undergo major restructuring13th July 2010
The government has said it intends to carry out a comprehensive restructure of the health service in England.
Hospitals will not operate inside the NHS in order to make a "vibrant" social enterprise industry.
The changes will abolish the 10 strategic health authorities and the 152 primary care trusts in England.
GPs will be given the responsibility of creating groups to decide how to spend the majority of the health service budget.
An independent board will oversee up to 500 GP groups to ensure standards are followed.
Patients will have access to more information through a new organisation known as HealthWatch, which will gather information about performance. GP boundaries will be scrapped to allow patients to register with any GP they choose.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said he had made the decision to make radical changes in order to stop "unnecessary" bureaucracy in the health service.
He explained that the changes would be a challenge and turn the health service "upside down" but would decrease management spending by around 50% by 2015.
He added: "The government's ambition is for health outcomes - and quality services - that are among the best in the world."
Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the King's Fund think-tank, said: "It is a very radical programme. We have never seen anything like this since the inception of the NHS in 1948."
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Title: NHS to undergo major restructuring
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15470
Date Added: 13th Jul 2010