Decision-making power to go to health staff by 2009

Frontline
health staff will have more direct decision-making powers in five years’ time,
the chief executive of the NHS has announced.

Nigel
Crisp said the Government had given itself five years to hand over power as
part of its health service reforms.

Speaking
at a conference organised by the Guardian he said the Government wanted the
service to move away from Whitehall an become more driven by patient choice.

Crisp
said the NHS was now investing heavily in leadership to ensure the organisation
will be ready for the transition.   

By Ross Wigham

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