Just what the doctor ordered? How should the case for NHS reconfiguration be made?


Healthwatchers will surely have noted the interview in The Guardian last week in which Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, implored local politicians to stop opposing closures – nay, ‘reconfigurations’ – of NHS services. It is a similar message to the one which Sir David Nicholson conveyed at the NHS Confederation last year. Indeed, it is a familiar refrain of NHS leaders.

What many but the most ardent healthwatcher would not have noted, however, was the ‘open letter’ which Nick de Bois – MP for Enfield North (and thus MP for the constituency which includes Chase Farm Hospital) – published