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Engaging the public early in service reconfiguration

Wednesday 22 May 2013

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Health service reconfigurations are nearly always controversial. Closures, mergers and the reorganisations of hospital services are viewed with understandable suspicion by patients and the public, who often mobilise to defend the status quo in the face of what they perceive as cuts.

However, to quote from an open letter from the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of General Practitioners, the NHS Confederation and others: “No change is not an option.” The question then is what type of change to service configuration will ensure available resources are used to achieve the best care for patients?

Read the full article on the HSJ website (£)