Healthcare leaders criticise “headline grabbing” plans for academy-style hospitals

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Reports that the government is considering establishing academy-style NHS hospitals in England to tackle variation in performance have been condemned by healthcare leaders as incoherent and headline grabbing.

The shake-up—apparently modelled on the academy system used to reform education in England—could give well run hospital trusts more freedom and see failing hospitals being forced to become a “reform trust” if they fail to improve, the Times has reported.1 The plans may also allow hospital chains to be run by leading NHS managers or even outside sponsors, the newspaper reported.

The reforms are part of the government’s upcoming leadership review of health and care, …

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