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Debate on NHS changes 'losing touch with reality'

19th May 2011

A leading Conservative MP and former health secretary has warned that the debate about the NHS changes in England has "lost contact with reality".

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Stephen Dorrell is also concerned that the row about competition could lead to concessions that may harm patients.

He made his comments after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg indicated that he would oppose the promotion of competition in the NHS.

Mr Clegg has taken a tough stance on the NHS reforms that have now been put on hold after criticism from staff, unions and experts.

Mr Dorrell, who is now the chairman of the House of Commons Health Committee, said: "The idea there is no competition in the NHS is just bonkers. There are few more competitive groups of people than good doctors. They compete and that improves the care of patients."

He also pointed out that the private sector had a role to play and added: “That is a non-argument. I think this whole debate has lost contact with any reality.”

There has also been criticism of Monitor being given an increased role in promoting competition but Mr Dorrell, who was health secretary under John Major, did not have a strong view on that.

His concerns were echoed by the NHS Partners Network, which represents health firms already involved in providing NHS care.

It felt that if the NHS moved towards rejecting competition it would not be able to adapt and respond to the "huge demographic and financial challenges it faces in the next 20 years".

 

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LYNNE HEAL

Thursday 19th May 2011 @ 18:32

New leadership in multiple sclerosis for CCSVI is needed interventional vascular radiologists are VITAL way forward for UK clinical trails as soon as possible to save the NHS billions of pounds someone needs to realise whats been going on for many many years

LYNNE HEAL

Thursday 19th May 2011 @ 18:34

CLINICAL TRIALS as nearly 20,000 worldwide have now benefitted UK is WAY BEHIND and its disgusting everyone is having to fly away from UK to be treated its disgusting and totally unacceptable .Drugs industry has been allowed to take over way too much USA and Canada and other countrys are way ahead and everyone knows whats been going on now for decades


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Article Information

Title: Debate on NHS changes 'losing touch with reality'
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18518
Date Added: 19th May 2011

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