GPs are “raring to go” with commissioning of health care, alliance claimsBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3526 (Published 03 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3526
- Nigel Hawkes
Delay in the health reform bill will cost money and defer the benefits that can come from GP commissioning, the NHS Alliance has warned. GPs were “raring to go” and should not be held up by the pause in the legislative programme, according to Michael Dixon, chairman of the alliance.
This week the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, defended his bill in an article in the Daily Telegraph (2 June, p 17). In it he insisted that the reforms are needed, will not privatise the NHS, and that without them the costs of the service would balloon to £230bn (€258bn; $375bn) a year by 2030. “Reform or die” was his message.
Mr Lansley’s article said the govermment was willing to …