Britain Plans to Decentralize Health Care
By SARAH LYALL
Published: July 24, 2010
The plan would also shrink the bureaucratic apparatus, in keeping with the governments goal to effect $30 billion in efficiency savings in the health budget by 2014 and to reduce administrative costs by 45 percent. Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost because layers of bureaucracy would be abolished. In a document, or white paper, outlining the plan, the government admitted that the changes would cause significant disruption and loss of jobs. But it said: The current architecture of the health system has developed piecemeal, involves duplication and is unwieldy. Liberating the N.H.S., and putting power in the hands of patients and clinicians, means we will be able to effect a radical simplification, and remove layers of management.