Lansley calls for overhaul of NHS



Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley

 

The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has said plans to overhaul he NHS in England will make it “fit for the demands of the 21st Century”, as MPs debate the plans.

Lasley said the bill aimed “to improve the health of the people of this country”.

David Cameron proposed that the main risk was not modernising the NHS to meet today’s challenges.

On the other hand, John Healey, frim the Labour party said that the Conservative ideology was at the heart of a plan that “will break up the NHS”.

The Health and Social Care Bill that includes plans for all 151 primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to be disbanded, is still being debated by Members of Parliament .

So far, 141 GP consortiums, serving more than half of the population of England, have signed up as “pathfinders” to pilot the new arrangements.

The Prime Minister said that with an increasing elderly population and the cost of new drugs and treatments without cutting “bureaucracy and waste, I think it will become increasingly unaffordable. The risk is doing nothing.”

He said trade unions were “nervous” about greater choices for GPs and patients.

He added: “There is no privatisation taking place. The NHS will be just like you experience it now – it is free at the point of use, you don’t pay anything, and it is according to your need.

“But I think it is a good thing if patients and their GPs are able to choose between different providers.”

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