Minister: tell us your fears about NHS reforms – but we might not listen
"A Cabinet show of unity over the Government's controversial health reforms was undermined when the Department of Health declined to confirm that a "listening exercise" would change the plans.
"David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley joined forces in an attempt to woo health professionals into supporting Mr Lansley's plans to transfer 60 per cent of the NHS budget to GPs. But cracks emerged only an hour after their carefully-choreographed appearance at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, where they promised to "pause, listen and reflect" but insisted the status quo is not an option.
"Downing Street sources endorsed Mr Clegg's pledge that the rethink would be followed by "substantive changes". Mr Cameron is expected to order Mr Lansley to give councillors a role on the GP-led consortia that will commission services instead of primary care trusts (PCTs)a key Liberal Democrat demand. More health professionals such as hospital doctors and nurses will be added to the commissioning bodies and limits imposed on competition to allay fears about "back door privatisation.""
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"Minister: tell us your fears about NHS reforms – but we might not listen", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2011. Consulté le 10/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/minister-tell-us-your-fears-about-nhs-reforms-but-we-might-not-listen