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Changes to NHS reform plans outlined by government

15th June 2011

The government has announced a number of key changes it will be making to its NHS reform plans following consultations with healthcare experts.

Core recommendations in a report from the independent NHS Future Forum have been accepted to help reduce bureaucracy, provide more freedom for medical staff and place a greater focus on quality.

Among the changes being made are commitments to a wider involvement of health experts in clinical commissioning groups, new safeguards against privatisation and a move to implement commissioning changes only when they are ready to be made.

Elsewhere, healthcare regulator Monitor will no longer be required to promote competition as a goal in itself, while further investment in education and training costs was promised.

Prime minister David Cameron said: "We have listened, we have learned and we are improving our plans for the NHS."

The announcement has been met with guarded approval by the British Medical Association, which stated that this will help to get the reforms "on a better track".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800579827-ADNFCR

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