The following is an extract from an article in the Health Service Journal (HSJ)
17 March 2010, by Dave West

Dozens of patient organisations are backing plans to close hospital services in coming years, but fear they will be let down by bad public engagement.

National Voices, the umbrella group representing many patient groups, including the Stroke Association, Cancer Research UK and the National Childbirth Trust, has said closures will “sometimes be the right outcome” as the NHS faces investment cuts and growing demand.

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