NHS chief reveals stringent cost-cutting scheme.

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Key hospital departments across the UK will be closed before the next election, according to David Nicholson, the new chief executive of the NHS. In his first interview since taking up this role, he told the Guardian that there would be up to 60 "reconfigurations" of NHS services, which would affect every strategic health authority in England.

The measures are designed to cut the NHS's 512m [pounds sterling] deficit and improve efficiency. But critics have been quick to oppose any attempt to reduce services. Grant Shapps, Conservative MP for Welwyn-Hatfield, who has been campaigning against closures at his constituency hospital, claimed that the NHS would...

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