The Institute for Public Policy Research has concluded that campaigns to save services currently provided in district general hospitals could lead to more than 1,000 unnecessary deaths a year.

Associate director Richard Brookes said: 'On the strength of the evidence, people should be out on the streets campaigning for changes to NHS services to protect the health of their families, not to keep services the way they are.'

The full report will be published later this month.

Meanwhile prime minister Tony Blair backed yesterday's reports by the national clinical directors for emergency access and heart disease and stroke, calling for the creation of new 'super A&E' departments.

Speaking at the launch of the NHS Confederation's new PCT Network, he said: 'The reason for all this change is the best reason there can be: better treatment for the patient.'

Read the IPPR press release here

Read the prime minister's speech here

The Institute for Public Policy Research has concluded that campaigns to save services currently provided in district general hospitals could lead to more than 1,000 unnecessary deaths a year.

Associate director Richard Brookes said: 'On the strength of the evidence, people should be out on the streets campaigning for changes to NHS services to protect the health of their families, not to keep services the way they are.'

The full report will be published later this month.

Meanwhile prime minister Tony Blair backed yesterday's reports by the national clinical directors for emergency access and heart disease and stroke, calling for the creation of new 'super A&E' departments.

Speaking at the launch of the NHS Confederation's new PCT Network, he said: 'The reason for all this change is the best reason there can be: better treatment for the patient.'

Read the IPPR press release here

Read the prime minister's speech here