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NHS Reforms Could Create “Greatest Quango in the Sky”

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NHS reforms could create the “greatest quango in the sky” unless GP’s are quick to take on the responsibility for commissioning care for their patients, according to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS.

Now that the 2013 deadline for GP take over of commissioning has been relaxed, there are growing concerns that many localities will be in a continual state of planning which could affect patient care.

Sir David writes that reforms could result in the continuing “planning blight” that has affected the health service since changes were announced. “This blight will distract and confuse. Quality will suffer, as will efficiency – despite the efforts of NHS staff to compensate.”

He also stated that the reforms should have the support of clinicians across the country adding, “It needs to have clinicians at its heart and it needs to make sure the power house for change is the clinical commissioning groups. Our ambition must be to cover the whole country – this is something we need to make happen.

Meanwhile, former health secretary Alan Milburn also added his view of the reforms describing them as the “biggest car crash” in the history of the health service before adding that they have, “the makings of a policy disaster for the NHS and, maybe in time, a political disaster for the government.”

The Government’s proposed changes to the health reforms will be reviewed by a committee of MPs next week.

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