Magazine article Public Finance

Reforms Are Causing Health Service Debts, Says BMA Leader

Magazine article Public Finance

Reforms Are Causing Health Service Debts, Says BMA Leader

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Some of the government's main health service reforms have contributed to NHS deficits and should be shelved, according to the head of the UK's 32,000 senior hospital doctors.

British Medical Association consultants' leader Paul Miller told senior doctors at their annual conference in London on June 7 that poorly designed policies and political Interference In local decisions had contributed to NHS deficits.

The Private Finance Initiative, Independent sector treatment centres and 'needless' management consultants had wasted millions of pounds and failed to improve patient care, he added.

'The deficits are clustered in a few areas and are caused by local service management and strategic planning failure. But most particularly they are caused by bad policies and shocking incompetence inflicted on the whole service IVuiH the top* fimn Whitehall. …

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