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The new NHS reforms will offer “genuine opportunities” for areas of the NHS to be taken over by the private sector according to the Health Minister responsible for pushing the bill through parliament the House of Lords.
Speaking at an independent Healthcare forum today Lord Howe said that although the NHS will “not give up their patients easily,” opportunities are there for public sector companies to become involved.
However, he added that it shouldn’t be seen as was to make a “fast buck” but a chance to, “stand on your own merits …

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The cost of the government’s NHS reforms is rising by £1m a day according to new figures.
In a spreadsheet released by the Department of Health last week, it was revealed that the cost is now set to reach £1.49bn, a rise of £160m since the last estimate 6 months ago.
The health bill has since undergone scrutiny from the future forum, a committee set up to revise and advise on plans after criticism over the range of plans.
Analysis by the Health Service Journal suggests that moving control of budgets to Gps …

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The cost of carrying out the listening exercise in light of objections to NHS reforms was fairly minimal according to Richard Douglas, director general for policy, strategy and finance at the Department of Health.
The cost of the listening exercise, carried out to give health professionals the chance to air any concerns about the government’s new health and social care bill, will reach, “tens of thousands of pounds, maybe £100,000 tops,” he suggested.
Speaking at the House of Commons health committee, Douglas also added that he does not anticipate the changes to …

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The number of families making complaints about maternity units inLondon has increased by up to a quarter within the last year.
It has been revealed that poor maternity care inLondon is costing the NHS £41 million a year in compensation. Complaints range from poor care to maternal death including cases in which children have been left with brain damage, cerebral palsy or developmental problems.
Payouts involving obstetric care account for almost half of all NHS compensation payouts inLondon. Nearly 300 legal cases were launched against maternity units over two thirds of London …

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Chairman of the British Medical Association tells the Cardiff conference that GP’s are facing a ‘sad litany of threat, uncertainty and criticism.’
Dr Hamish Meldrum stated that in addition to the responsibility of being at the forefront of NHS reforms, GP’s face a ‘drip feed of media attacks’, ‘threats to their contracts’, the ‘madness’ of proposals to scrap practice boundaries and the undermining of their NHS pensions.
“It’s a sad litany of threat, uncertainty and criticism that gnaws away at the professionalism and dedication of those we represent,” he declared.
He added that …

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Labour has condemned the NHS reforms process as “rushed and reckless,” as the coalition decide not to allow full scrutiny of the reform amendments.
Shadow health secretary John Healey said, “The way David Cameron’s government is dealing with the NHS and parliament is a disgrace,” before adding, “NHS patients and staff have seen a wasted year of chaos, confusion and incompetence. It’s clear today this will continue, with the NHS set to be deeply mired in more centralisation, more complex bureaucracy and more wasted cost in the years to come.”
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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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According to a review on cancer treatment for the elderly that has just been published, treatment offered on the NHS is not as good for older people as it is for those who are younger.
The report was released by The King’s Fund. This is a think tank that looks at different ways in which the NHS could be improved. It found a notable difference between the experiences older patients in England have as compared to the experiences of younger people in England.
Canada and Sweden are known to have much better …

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NHS Reforms and What They Mean to YouSome of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are already being implemented across the country. The head of a doctors’ group said that new GP consortium’s have taken over from managers across the country, and are attempting to save money improve patient care by reducing pressure on hospitals.
These changes have been bitterly criticised by health professionals and MPs who fear it could lead to ‘back door privatisation’, hence the Prime Minister has ‘paused’ the passing of the bill.
Dr John Lister, director of the London Health …