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Major shake up of NHS challenged

25th August 2010

The UK's biggest public service union Unison has issued legal proceedings against the government concerning its plans to make changes to the NHS.

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Unison has claimed that MPs did not consult the public about whether it would like changes to be made.

The government has proposed in its Health White Paper that GPs are given responsibility for more health services.

A consultation on the issues is due to close on 5 October this year.

A Department of Health spokeswoman stated that the government was in the process of consulting with unions, health workers, authorities and the public about how the changes will be made.

However Unison said that the public's opinion about the proposals in the White Paper has not been asked for and will not be taken into consideration.

Karen Jennings, Unison head of health, said the White Paper contained "sweeping changes" to the health service and how it is managed.

"The NHS Constitution enshrines the principle that the public, staff and unions have an absolute right to be consulted. The Department of Health's refusal to recognise this clear and important legal duty leaves us no option but to issue legal proceedings as a matter of urgency," she added.

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