Former chair of RCGP will head government’s “listening” panel on NHS reforms

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2258
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Steve Field, a GP and former chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will chair the government’s new “NHS Future Forum,” which is intended to gather together the opinions of patients, staff, and others on how the reforms planned for the English NHS can be carried forward.

Prime Minister David Cameron, together with his deputy and health secretary, launched a “listening exercise” on Wednesday (6 April) to try to silence critics and come to some consensus about how the NHS needed to be changed.

On Monday the health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley, made a statement in the House of Commons conceding that some of the concerns raised about the Health and Social Care Bill were genuine and that he wanted to pause and listen to objections to his plans (BMJ 2011;342:d2216, doi:10.1136/bmj.d2216). The bill, which has passed the committee stage, is awaiting its third …

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