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Vision for NHS set out by coalition

21st May 2010

A vision has been set out by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition for the NHS.

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The document combines some of the most radical ideas from the two parties’ manifestos and includes plans to slim down the Department of Health, create an independent health board, recast Monitor as an economic regulator and the Care Quality Commission as a quality inspectorate.

The visions sees NHS administration slashed and commissioning handed to GPs.

The coalition document says the plans “take the Conservative thinking on markets, choice and competition” and “combine it with the Liberal Democrat belief in advancing democracy at a local level.”

Other proposals will see primary care trusts given the job of planning and commissioning some services but will also see its managers answer to part-elected part-local authority appointed boards.

There will be more performance information online and patients will be able to rate hospitals and doctors but it now seems less likely patients will get their own online health records.

There is no mention of the future of the National Programme for IT.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Our united vision is for a healthcare system which achieves outcomes that are amongst the best in the world, and free from day-to-day political interference.

“We will cut bureaucracy and hand back power to clinicians and patients to ensure they are at the forefront of decision making about NHS services. The proposals will drive up standards of care, eliminate waste and lead to better outcomes that improve the health of the nation.”

 

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