Current staffing levels at smaller, community hospitals could make it difficult to provide more local services viably, the new chief of NHS England has been warned.
And while Labour has welcomed Simon Stevens call for an end to "mass centralisation" of care, the party has warned that government policy is taking the NHS in "precisely the opposite direction".
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:
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