Only 20% of voters support NHS reforms

Only 20% of voters support NHS reforms but the majority are in favour of GP commissioning, a survey has revealed.

A survey, carried out by the political news website PoliticsHome.com and think tank YouGov@Cambridge, found that only 20% of the voters it asked were in favour of NHS refoms.

36% of the voters believed that the Conservatives are not genuinely committed to improving the quality of NHS care, the survey found. 

Despite a lack of support for reforms, more voters were in favour of GP commissioning than against, with 38% believing that ‘making local groups of GPs' responsible for budget decisions was a good idea.

The surveyed voters also supported the inclusion of local medial staff in commissioning decisions. 50% said that ‘making a wide range of local medical staff responsible for deciding how the NHS spends its money’ was a good idea.

The inclusion of local councillors on commissioning boards was not so popular and 52% of respondents thought it was a bad idea.

Unsurprisingly only 7% of voters thought ‘fully privatising’ the NHS was a good idea, however 49% believed that ‘deep down’, this was the Conservative’s intention.

Conversely however, more voters supported the implementation of a regulator for competition (33%) than opposed it.

71% of voters agreed that the way the NHS spends its money needs to be reformed however 52% agreed that doctors will be ‘too busy to be involved in deciding how the NHS spends its money.’

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