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NHS decisions ‘could be removed from political control’

Final decisions about changes to the health service could be taken out of the hands of politicians under new proposals by the Welsh government.

The public are being given a say on a range of ideas, including a merger of the health and social care watchdogs. There would be a legal duty for NHS staff to be more open with patients, not just when things go wrong. Patients would also be asked if they would be willing to share personal health data for medical research. The 50-page document will look at potential legislation which could be taken up after the next assembly elections in May 2016.

The Green Paper says a culture of more transparency, and not just when things go wrong, is needed at all levels of the health service. Patients will also be asked if they would be willing to share personal health data for medical research. A national expert panel could take over from the health minister in having the final say on controversial decisions like hospital changes.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-33384355

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