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Let’s replace the N in NHS

We’ve been devolving the responsibility in health care for some time, now we need to devolve the power

By Liam Booth-Smith  

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A few years ago my old boss got into a minor spat with then Health Secretary Andy Burnham over the claim that N is “the most important letter in NHS.” (As I write that sentence it sounds ridiculous, but try and remember the tail end of the Brown government and it makes sense). Burnham argued the centralised nature of the NHS meant that quality…

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