Patient groups wary of fast track NHS reconfigurations

Wed, 5 May 2010

5 May, 2010 | By Dave West

 

The umbrella patient group National Voices has acknowledged significant and controversial changes, including hospital closure, will "sometimes be the right outcome".

But chief executive Jeremy Taylor urged caution when changing consultation rules: "Fast tracking is great if it cuts out bureaucracy and allows changes to be brought forward which will benefit patients."

But he added: "It is also a recipe for eroding public confidence if it allows vested interests to get their way with minimum scrutiny."