NHS shake-up 'concerns many GPs'

5 April 2012

The majority of healthcare professionals are wary of the government's plan to change the National Health Service (NHS).

According to a survey carried out for the BBC, just 12 per cent of family doctors believe the shake-up will make the system noticeably better.

Not only is this an illustration of the low faith that GPs have in the changes, but is also down from the 23 per cent who thought the shake-up was for the better in a similar poll conducted in September 2010.

The government plan in question relates to GP-control groups taking control of around £60 billion of the English NHS budget starting from April 2013.

Chris Ham, chief executive of the health think tank the King's Fund, stated: "The public will judge the government's stewardship of the NHS on the basis of whether patient care improves, so ministers should be concerned that many GPs fear that care will get worse rather than better in the years ahead."

The government is hoping to enhance the country's healthcare though, after providing a £4 million fund so that companies in the field have the means to establish breakthrough developments.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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