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Health Care Commission

Asked about the Health Care Commission Report (HCC) that £500 billion had been spent on the NHS but the HCC was now critical of trusts the PMOS said that the Report had not yet been published and that claims leaked regarding hospital ratings were wrong. The Department of Health were confident that the picture would be much brighter when the full Report was published on Thursday. He added that people should not misinterpret the process of change within the NHS. With regards to budget deficits there were some areas of the NHS, a minority of organisations, where there were weak management structures and these were being addressed. Secondly this should not be confused with the process of reconfiguration which was responding to changes in medical treatments, technology and changes in disease patterns but also changes in people’s desire to have services closer to where they live. All of this made change, in terms of the structure, inevitable. People should not pretend that the NHS of 10 years ago was the NHS that was needed today, it needs to change. Part of this change does highlight problems but that this is a sign of health not weakness.

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