The Government stands firm on NHS reform

The Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated his commitment to reforming the NHS even as he is criticized for excluding opponents of the bill from a summit held at Downing Street on the issue. He said the talks that were held with some of the people who would be involved with implementing the changes, were constructive and helpful and felt that those against the bill are making up ‘myths’ about the impact of the changes.

Critics of the Health and Social Care Bill that is currently undergoing heated debate in Parliament feel that the Bill should be quashed as it is as present and reformed after discussions with a larger group of professionals. It has emerged that the round table discussion which was to allow chairs of the new GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups of CCG’s to voice their views with the Mr. Cameron and the Health Secretary Mr. Andrew Lansley, did not include representatives of groups critical to the Bill. Those excluded were four Royal Colleges: those representing GPs, Pathologists, Radiologists and Psychiatrists; and the Health unions not asked to attend included the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the British Medical Association (BMA), Unite and Unison. Critics of the bill feel that this is a way to privatize the NHS and that if passed the Bill will result in longer waiting periods for treatment.


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