New NHS Exercise
Andrew Lansley was invited by the Department of Health to attend a conference in Liverpool on Monday. However, he declined the invitation as he has some other plans.
Mr. Lansley’s plans were to hand over £80b NHS in England’s commissioning budget to the GPs.
Public Health Minister Anne Milton, a former nurse, will be attending instead. John Healey the Labour health spokesman said: “So much for a listening exercise. Andrew Lansley looks set to continue to listen to only those voices saying what he wants to hear.”
However, BMA said that they welcome the idea of listening exercises and also the creation of the new forum “Future Forum” for advertising the government on any changes to its reforms of NHS in England.
Dr. Hamish Meldrum, BMA chairman claimed that this exercise would just be a little more than cosmetic.
He said that the government is looking positive towards the listening. They are waiting to see its effects on the real things. They are also keeping their self open to any sort of queries by the health care personnel or any doctors.
He also said that they are also keeping the risk in their mind regarding the proper functioning of this scheme.
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