Letter in the Telegraph by Prof. John Spiers
Mr Milburn was going in the right direction on many issues: demanding better quality and more audit; preparing to give patients information about individual doctor performance; increasing capacity, a prerequisite of greater patient choice; giving patients direct control of cash for services in social care; and setting up foundation hospital trusts, as a first step to decentralising power to the local patient.
He well understood that you can ultimately empower patients only by giving them control of funds. He has shown courage, flair and panache, and has fought the battles without declaring war.
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