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Q&A on NHS reforms

5th April 2011

As Prime Minister David Cameron faces renewed pressure to change key parts of his NHS overhaul, The Telegraph, answers key questions on the reforms.

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Q: What will the shake-up do?

A: The Health and Social Care Bill will see GPs take control of 80% of the £80 billion annual NHS budget and hospitals will be given more freedom from central government. From April 2013, groups of GPs will form into groups to commission services with an NHS Commissioning Board overseeing the way services are bought.

Q: Doesn't this sound a bit familiar?

A: The Conservatives created a system in the 1990s called GP fundholding to give doctors control over local budgets but with only half of GPs signing up, the system did not take off as planned.

Q: What is the independent NHS Board?

A: An independent board to run the NHS, accountable to the Health Secretary.

Q: How much will the reforms cost?

A: Some £1.4 billion but ministers are hoping for savings of about £5 billion by 2015.

Q: Why are MPs, unions and campaigners critical of the plans?

A: Unions have concerns over an increasing role for private, profit-making companies in healthcare. They include the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Midwives. The TUC and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), have pointed to mass job losses occurring in the NHS. The cross-party Commons Health Committee has been critical of the reforms, saying the NHS has been tasked with finding up to £20 billion in efficiency savings each year while the reforms are implemented. MPs want greater transparency and accountability, with a stronger voice for patients and local communities.

 

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Saturday 16th April 2011 @ 19:22

There has been no monitoring of the mainly Tory quacks, who have become greed obsessed, classist, racist killers with no means to have them investigated. They are become nazi eugenicists in the wild euthanasia phase Hitler's quacks went through. Murderers! Protected by the British state in the name of the Queen.


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