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BHF - Patients must not get lost in focus on structures and cost savings

The Government’s Health and Social Care Bill, published yesterday, provides the legislation needed to implement large scale reforms to health care in England.

The Bill will describe new health structures and functions, including moving commissioning of health services to groups of GPs and abolishing primary care trusts.

Betty McBride, Policy & Communications Director at the British Heart Foundation, said:

“While the Government is focussed on structures and cost savings they mustn’t forget the patients who will be at the sharp end of these reforms.

“Only this week a new study highlighted how heart failure patients were dying needlessly because they weren’t receiving expert cardiac care.

“If the Government wants to make outcomes for patients the measure of success, then these are exactly the issues they have to address.”

 

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