Health reforms are a risk to patients
- Published on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 09:04
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The overhaul of the NHS in England will cause irreparable harm, according to leading public health doctors
In a letter to peers, who will debate the changes next week, nearly 400 public health experts said the changes must be rejected as they represented a risk to patient care and safety.
The doctors suggested it would fragment services, possibly threatening vaccination and screening campaigns.
But the government insisted the reforms would give patients more choice.
The revelation that such influential members of the public health community have put their names to the letter comes on the day Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to address the Conservative Party conference.