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CIVIL SERVANTS RESIST LABOUR DEVOLUTION PLANS

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A senior department of health civil servant has issued a confidential memorandum resisting Labour's devolution plan...
A senior department of health civil servant has issued a confidential memorandum resisting Labour's devolution plans.

The Guardian (p13) reports that Joe Pilling, deputy secretary of the National Health Service executive board, wrote to 16 heads and chief executives who still exercise some control in Scotland and Wales, including the head of the Medicines Control Agency, to specify areas of business 'which we would wish to see continue to be handled in London'.

The memorandum says: 'If there is a Labour government we believe they will proceed with devolution on a tight timetable. It is important not to overlook areas of business which are now handled on a UK basis and we would wish to see continue handled on that basis.'
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