NHS 'will set aside differences to make Health Bill work', predicts leading GP

The NHS will set aside its differences over the Health Bill and pull together to make it work for patients, according to National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) chairman Dr Charles Alessi.

Dr Charles Alessi: 'We are on a journey to more local determination of healthcare.'
Dr Charles Alessi: 'We are on a journey to more local determination of healthcare.'

Speaking at a NAPC south east workshop entitled Addressing the Commissioning Agenda in Gatwick, West Sussex on Tuesday, he said: ‘We’ve been through one of the most difficult phases of healthcare since I became a GP in 1983/4.

‘Polarisation exists at present around the reforms. It’s something which isn’t particularly helpful. There are some well held and honest opinions about what should and shouldn’t happen but we are getting through that phase.’

Dr Alessi anticipated the Health Bill would pass through parliament late on Tuesday afternoon.

He added: ‘At 5.15pm everyone comes together to look at what their role is and to make whatever we have work for patients and our populations. We are on a journey to more local determination of healthcare. There are good examples already about how we’ve managed to reform services for patients and make them much more consistent to their needs.’

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