Scrap SHAs say lib dems1st February 2007
The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their plans to scrap strategic health authorities as part of efforts to make the NHS more accountable.
Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb said SHAs were too distanced from patients and their experiences of the NHS, and called for a more locally focused and accountable health service.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said SHAs had become part of central government, covering large areas and driving closures of local services.
He said SHAs would be removed as part of a new system, but added assurances that it would not lead to more change and reform within the NHS.
Although they wanted to see the accountable organisation change, he said there would not be organisational change.
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