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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 …

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The Tories have had to assure fellow party members that the diluting of changes within the NHS reform bill has not crossed the Tory red lines, despite Lib Dems claiming it a victory in their favour.
The Government is set to accept a heavily amended version of the original Health Reforms Bill but Lansley stressed that core principles remain in place.
Changes are set to include;

Ensuring Monitor, the health service regulator, does not promote competition.
The widening of membership to GP led consortium’s to ensure, “effective multi-professional involvement in the design and commissioning …

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The current health reforms could see patients lose trust in GP’s according to a Bedfordshire GP.
He claims that delicate decisions could be undermined by potential financial gains and could result in no trust between patients and GP’s. His view that payment by result is a “hideous undercurrent” in Lansley’s bill was the general consensus agreed in the open debate this week. The debate concluded that unless the government could confirm to whom they owe their primary responsibility then there is a high risk of losing the trust of their patients.
Dr …

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David Cameron has announced changes to the original Health Reforms bill in a bid to rally more support from the Lib Dems and health professionals.
Firstly, with regards to creating competition, Cameron stressed that competition helps to improve services, but that it should be used as a means to an end to achieve this improvement. He stated that he aimed to create “a genuine level playing field, so the best providers flourish and patients get a real choice.” What’s more, he praised Tony Blair for allowing private providers to access the …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …