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Conservatives pledge to slash NHS quangos

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Slashing the number of quangos, including those in the NHS, in ‘a massive shift in power from bureaucracy to democracy’ is to be promised by Conservative leader David Cameron.

He will tell the Reform thinktank: ‘Too many state actions, services and decisions are carried out by people who cannot be voted out by the public, by organisations that feel no pressure to answer for what happens, in a way that is completely unaccountable.’

He will say that reform is vital to tackle the crisis of confidence caused by the expenses scandal, and that the myriad of quangos are to blame for a widespread feeling that ‘nothing ever changes’.

If the Conservatives win the next election, he will say, ministers will set the rules under which quangos operate, and be directly responsible for them.

He was responding to a statement by Liam Byrne, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, that a detailed review of quangos is under way to ‘make sure every penny of public money goes to front-line services’.


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