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Jeremy Hunt not reviewing NHS reconfiguration plans

The new health secretary is not carrying out a review of hospital reconfiguration plans, contrary to a national newspaper report, Nursing Times understands.

The Independent yesterday reported that local proposals - particularly those involving closing accident and emergency units - would be reviewed by Jeremy Hunt. It implied the government would be more likely to block the changes than it has been so far, when service change plans are referred to the health secretary.

The comment will have fuelled concerns among trust managers that Mr Hunt will slow down or stop major service changes, which are being considered in many areas to make savings.

The Department of Health has not commented directly on the report. However, Nursing Times understands the DH’s position is that there is no review and there has been no change in policy.

A well placed source said Mr Hunt had not intended to signal a change in the department’s position, although he is keen to stress that major service changes should be supported by clinicians in the area.

Nursing Times also understands the issue has not been raised with NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, indicating it is not a major policy shift.

The DH said in a statement: “Changes to local health services are decided and led locally. Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area.”

Readers' comments (7)

  • michael stone

    'The new health secretary is not carrying out a review of hospital reconfiguration plans, contrary to a national newspaper report, Nursing Times understands.'

    Is there a 'plan' to be changed - isn't there just an 'objective' ? I thought the situation was as below, and that isn't 'a plan' in the sense of something with enough definition within it, to enable one to argue 'that a plan exists to be changed':


    'The DH said in a statement: “Changes to local health services are decided and led locally. Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area.”'

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  • tinkerbell

    of course he's not reviewing anything, cos they're bang on target! Cut/slash/burn rollercoaster ride that it is.

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  • exactly why would this idiot be any different to the other idiot

    the tory nhs is bang on target..privatisation is going at a breakneck speed

    be prepared for a whole lot more to come they have over 2 1/2 years to privatise as much as they can

    they are vile...putting profits for thier rich friends before patients lives..how low can you sink...

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  • michael stone

    tinkerbell | 21-Sep-2012 11:52 am

    Anonymous | 21-Sep-2012 12:22 pm

    I do of course agree with both of you, but I was making the point that the NT headline suggests 'writing without thinking'.

    re:

    how low can you sink

    for this lot, depending on whose point of view you take,

    'To the very bottom - then a bit lower still'.

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  • tinkerbell

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUOHtExdrdI

    nick clegg sings 'i'm sorry'.

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  • tinkerbell

    'nick clegg, you don't have to wear that dress tonight, sell your body on the streets or sell your body to the right' (Roxanne, Bill Bailey comedy sketch on you tube)

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  • Hunt isn't here to change course. He is here to increase the speed of the current course to hand over the provider arm of the current NHS to crooks like Serco. Great news for profits. Bad news for patients.

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