The Scottish Management Executive Letter set out the idea of the managed clinical network – neither a woolly construct of loose networks, nor the imposition of hub and spoke, but rather
“linked groups of health professionals and organisations from primary, secondary and tertiary care working in a co-ordinated manner, unconstrained by existing professional and existing [organisational] boundaries to ensure equitable provision of high quality services”
The first of BMJ’s coverage – a news item 4th July, 1998 is shown.
That issue of the BMJ celebrated the 50th anniversary of the NHS and looked to the future. The news travelled south and PiP could see how the ideas proposed north of the border fitted with the emerging thinking.