"The government's radical shakeup of the NHS threatens its future, may not improve patient care and could usher in a two-tier health service, doctors' leaders warn today.
"In a strongly worded intervention, the British Medical Association casts serious doubt on the huge reorganisation of the NHS in England unveiled in health secretary Andrew Lansley's white paper in July. The doctors' union argues that Lansley's plans are potentially damaging, risk setting groups of clinicians against each other and are not a good use of public money when the NHS has to save £15bn-£20bn.
""There are aspects of the white paper's proposals which have the potential to undermine the stability and long-term future of the NHS," the BMA warns in its submission to the Department of Health. Critics of Lansley's strategy have warned that the measures will spell the end of the NHS in its present form."