Health secretary Andrew Lansley has insisted there is broad support for his health service reforms.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Lansley said the structural changes to the NHS have received widespread backing since the white paper proposals were first published in the summer.
He said: “Of course some people are not happy about change, but a very large number of people are.
He added: “They do think that giving patients a real share in decision-making about their care, giving a focus on outcomes, the results we achieve for patients, emphasising the quality and safety of what we do for patients, and devolving decision-making to clinical leaders, doctors and nurses taking more decisions, is absolutely the right way to go.”
Mr Lansley said the government was “bringing together primary care trust expertise” to provide management support during the shift of commissioning to GP consortia, and said that there would be “tight financial control”.
In a separate report, published today, think tank Civitas warned that abolishing PCTs could damage patient care, and called for a more “incremental approach” to change.
Responding to the report, Mr Lansley accepted that although there was support for the general principles outlined in his white paper, concern was expressed during the consultation period about the pace of change.
He said: “But equally, as we’ve moved through the consultation we’ve had more people saying we want the opportunity to shape this from the bottom up.”
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