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Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS

For the benefit of our members, we have summarised the key proposals contained within the government’s recent white paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.

  • All GPs to join a local commissioning consortium
  • GP consortiums to take full financial responsibility from April 2011
  • Patients given right to register with any general practice
  • Patients to be able to choose between consultant led teams for elective care by April 2011
  • All NHS trusts to become foundation trusts by 2013-14
  • NHS Commissioning Body to be established in April 2012
  • A new public health service to be led by local authorities
  • Healthwatch, a new independent consumer champion, to be established
  • Monitor to become an economic regulator
  • Strategic health authorities to be abolished in 2012-13
  • Primary care trusts to be abolished from April 2013
  • Reduction of NHS quangos by at least a third
  • Personal budgets to be expanded
  • NHS outcomes framework to be fully implemented by April 2012
  • NICE to produce 150 quality standards by July 2015

The full paper can be found here.

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