The Future Forum proposes major changes to the government's plans for NHS reform

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A report by the NHS Future Forum, established by the government to lead the listening exercise on the proposed reforms of the NHS in England, has recommended modifications on the direction of reforms and the Health and Social Care Bill currently before parliament.

Although it accepts the need for change, the forum has responded to the concerns of organisations representing patients, staff, and other stakeholders by reiterating the importance of the values contained in the NHS Constitution and urging caution about the role of competition in the NHS.

It has stopped short of recommending that the Health and Social Care Bill should be abandoned, but the forum's proposals nevertheless amount to far reaching modifications of the government's plans.

Read the full article on the NHS Future Forum (requires a subscription to the BMJ website)