Friday, 1 October 2010

HEALTH: Doctors challenge NHS changes

The British Medical Association have warned that the planned shake-up of the NHS in England could undermine its 'stability and future'.

Doctors' leaders said the Government's plans to give GPs control of much of the budget - while scrapping two tiers of managers - caused them 'fundamental' concerns.

The BMA's criticisms come in their official response to July's White Paper.

The official consultation period ends later this month.

The BMA feared the 'obsession' with competition as GPs become responsible for more care, rather than hospitals.

Doctors believe there could be an increased involvement of the private sector - ultimately damaging the doctor-patient relationship with the public coming to believe GPs are rationing treatment.

Last week, a legal hearing into whether there should be a judicial review into Coalition plans for the NHS was fixed for October 14-15.

UNISON, the UK's biggest union for health workers, lodged an application for judicial review against the Secretary of State for Health, over the 'lack of public consultation' on the NHS White Paper - Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.