Friday, August 13, 2004
NHS reforms hit.
Seeing that yesterday's item was on Foundation Hospitals I really should include this Guardian item from July 20th:
NHS reforms hit as elite hospitals are downgraded.
'...Alan Milburn, the former health secretary and architect of the foundation policy, planned for a first wave of more than 30 independent NHS trusts to be set up this year. But 10 of the hospitals he named failed to make the grade and two of the 20 that did are at risk of demotion.
Frank Dobson, Mr Milburn's predecessor and a critic of the foundation policy, said: "Those of us who were doubtful asked what would happen to trusts that fell by the wayside as it was eminently predictable they would...'