Doctors critical of NHS shake-up1st October 2010
Doctors’ leaders have warned that the government’s planned health reforms could undermine the long-term future of the NHS in England.
However, the government – which highlighted changes in July to give GPs greater control of health budgets and scrap management tiers - has rejected the warning from the British Medical Association.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “There are many GPs across the country who are keen to make the transition quickly, others want to know more about how it's going to work before they implement it.
“This is what the consultation process is about, everyone coming forward to say how can we make this work.”
The BMA concerns come in its official response to the White Paper.
Chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said there were changes it felt to be potentially damaging, although the BMA saw some proposals doctors could support.
Dr Meldrum added: “The BMA has consistently argued that clinicians should have more autonomy to shape services for their patients, but pitting them against each other in a market-based system creates waste, bureaucracy and inefficiency.”
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham warned Mr Lansley would face a serious fight if the coalition pressed on with the plans.
The health think tank, the Nuffield Trust said the BMA was right to highlight some of the issues and that the changes were "too much too fast".
Chief executive Jennifer Dixon said the principle of giving GPs budgets to manage was a quite good one but the speed of the changes with practices not used to handling such amounts of money, was worrying.
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Title: Doctors critical of NHS shake-up
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16257
Date Added: 1st Oct 2010