Doctors 'best to decide' services they need for patients

Today the Department of Health said any plans to make changes to hospital services should be based on "sound clinical advice" and show a clear benefit to patients in that area.

Chase Farm Hospital in north London
Chase Farm Hospital in north London Credit: ITV News

The Department of Health added: "Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area

"The Health Secretary will be responding to Mr Taylor's letter in due course."

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Challenge over Chase Farm cuts

Enfield council is to mount a legal challenge over the closure of maternity and A&E units at Chase Farm that David Cameron once vowed to save.