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11
Jul

NHS Wales reforms report under fire


The British Medical Association (BMA) says a report into NHS reforms in Wales is now discredited after it emerged that emails had been exchanged between the reports author author and senior civil servants.

This development was reported by the BBC, which also said that the author, health economist Professor Marcus Longley, claimed that The Case for Change report was compiled "without bias or influence."

But a Freedom of Information request shows that Longley contacted senior Welsh governmentofficials while he was writing the report and asked them for "killer facts" to support the case for changes.

Opposition parties claim that the trail of emails show “a search for evidence to fit a pre-determined conclusion”.

Ministers had hailed the document as evidence to support the case for potentially controversial changes to hospitals but the BMA is questioning whether the report was published to justify hospital changes.

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