Governing the NHS

Alternatives to an independent board
Anna Dixon, Arturo Alvarez-Rosete
An independent NHS board has been advocated by a number of commentators, who believe it will reduce both micromanagement and day-to-day political interference in the running of the health service.

This paper argues that an independent board would be limited in its ability to achieve these aims. It suggests a number of alternative options to an independent board that build on the increasing operational independence the recent reforms have offered.

These options would help secure a better balance between public accountability and local autonomy within a more devolved health care system.

Governing the NHS: Alternatives to an independent board publication cover

No. of pages: 84

ISBN: 978 1 85717 563 9