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Via The Bucks Free Press,

A CONSULTATION process over planned changes to Wycombe Hospital has given the public “unrealistic expectations”, says a Bucks MP.

As the article explains, it has emerged that only clinical evidence would substantially sway these clinically-led proposals. As the article reports, I think that should have been made clear from the start. Please see the article for more.

At the heart of this problem is the way New Labour set up our country, with top-down centralisation plus the myth that we all have a voice that is heard by that machine. As this hospital consultation shows, that approach falls short of the expectations it sets up. That’s why it’s so important to decentralise power and give people more choice and more opportunity to determine the course of their own lives.

Thankfully, the Government is abolishing the Primary Care Trusts and remote Strategic Health Authorities, putting local doctors in charge of directing funding in line with patient choices and best clinical practice. Combined with Foundation Trust status and local democratic oversight, this should result in more accountable healthcare.

Goodness knows we need it.

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