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Lansley: 'large number of people' support NHS reforms

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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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  • other politicians, executives, GPs and sychophants do not count as 'large numbers of people' Lansley.

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  • Typical politician - ask yourself the question you want to answer and you get yourself the response you want !

    Who could possibly disagree with any of the following - but that doesn't mean we support the train crash that is coming our way !

    "“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.”

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  • 'Large numbers of people'- I don't know any!!
    We all know its not to reform the NHS but to dismantle it . So I'm certainly not for these so called reforms!!

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  • God - we so deserve this for voting the Tories into power. They hate the NHS. Anything that has "national" in front of is anathema to them.

    This is not about handing decisions to anybody other than the doctors because all the Tories know about is siding up to people in power.

    Their way of doing things is to put a spin on everything they say, so that it sounds fine and plausable, while carrying out (as in this case) wholesale privatisation of the health service. The one thing I treasured in this country more than anything else is very quickly being destroyed.

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  • I don`t know why anybody is surprised about what is happening to the NHS, as has been previously said the Tories positvely hate the NHS and anything else for us poor working class people who they see as being here to serve them. I am old enough (but only just !) to have worked through the last conservative governement when all the experience in the NHS was given redundancy and I at the tender age of 34 was the most experienced senior nurse they had left at this Trust. Not a good feeling and one you never forget.

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  • Even larger numbers of people are against the reforms! Will Lansley listen to them? Do pigs fly?

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  • The only people that this will appeal to will be the "worried well" as they will get tests etc on demand. Anyone with a chronic condition had better look out- in the world of private medicine you are not welcome.

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  • He is an honest politician who only cares for the NHS and the general public....
    only kidding he's a lying c*nt

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  • what a lying tos**** privatise the nhs thats all he and his cronies are about
    there all lying eton school boy idiots
    already our health service is suffering and they have only been in power a few months
    hope the people that voted this idiots into power are proud of themselves!!!

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  • Most of the public want 'reform' for the NHS. They want to see middle mangement gone. They want to see better standards of healthcare.

    They want 'reform'.

    What the public fail to understand are the govts proposals. Thay fail to understand because the govt hasn't consulted with the public (nevber mind the staff!).

    That's what makes the govt's reform proposals probably illegal.

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