Senior Tory minister is asked to scrutinise Lansley’s plans for NHS

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 06 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7024
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

Oliver Letwin, minister of state at the Cabinet Office, has been despatched to scrutinise the plans of Andrew Lansley, England’s health secretary, for the most radical shift of power and accountability in the NHS’s 62 year history, amid mounting concerns in the Treasury and No 10 Downing Street over their implementation.

Mr Letwin has been brought in after David Nicholson, the NHS chief executive, conceded at a recent hearing of the parliamentary select committee on health that primary care trusts are currently “in meltdown” as management costs are slashed and staff start to bail out ahead of the government’s plans to switch the commissioning of healthcare to consortiums of GPs.

More than 2000 staff members at primary care trusts have already taken a redundancy deal, Sir David …

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