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“Little evidence” that the government is prepared to engage with criticism of its plans, says BMA

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7263 (Published 16 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7263
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The government confirmed it will press on with major health reforms as critics warned of upheaval and claimed they had not been listened to.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said he was going ahead with plans to give GPs responsibility for the bulk of NHS funding from 2013.

He said a three month consultation showed there was “broad support” for the underlying principles in the white paper, Equity and Excellence, which was published in July.

But there was also criticism among the 6000 submissions from a mixture of people including patients, clinicians, academics, trades unions, voluntary and professional groups.

The British Medical Association said the health secretary’s decision to stick to the plans showed that many major concerns raised …

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