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GPs ‘unconvinced of benefits of NHS reforms’

8th October 2010

The majority of GPs in the UK have not been convinced that the government's planned reforms of the healthcare sector will yield benefits in patient care terms.

A ComRes survey of 827 doctors commissioned by the BBC has shown that only 23 per cent believe the coalition's programme of NHS overhauls will result in improved outcomes, compared to 45 per cent who think it will not.

Similarly, only a quarter of those polled said they would be willing to take on the additional responsibility of planning and buying healthcare for local populations, with the majority suggesting they are unprepared to personally make commissioning decisions about spending NHS money.

A Department of Health spokesperson responded by stating that it will be putting support arrangements in place to help increase capability in key areas.

"With two-and-a-half years with which to learn from pathfinder commissioning consortia and establish shadow arrangements, there is ample time for practices that do not yet feel ready to build capability collectively," explained the government representative.

Earlier this week, the Royal College of Nursing said it supported the government's aim to introduce outcome-centric care planning, but expressed concern over the planned speed of the reforms.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800106437-ADNFCR

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