In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Andrew Lansley said the NHS will be in ‘crisis’ if the financial challenges facing it are not dealt with immediately.
He said if the NHS is not reformed, health spending would have to double to £230bn a year.
‘Our health service is facing huge challenges that, if not dealt with today, will almost certainly mean a crisis tomorrow,' he said. 'I care passionately about protecting the NHS for the future. This is why doing nothing is not an option.
‘I will not leave the NHS to neglect. Enormous financial pressures loom large on the horizon, threatening to undermine our health service unless we act now.’
Meanwhile, Mr Lansley said the government will accept ‘substantial and significant’ changes to the Health Bill, as a result of the listening exercise.
He said: ‘When the Health and Social Care Bill comes back to Parliament, people should have every confidence that we will make the changes necessary to ensure the NHS is protected for our future generations.’