Cameron defends NHS reforms as pathfinder programme expands

David Cameron has defended the government's proposed NHS reforms, ahead of his announcement of an expansion of the GP pathfinder consortia programme.

Mr Cameron: future changes in the NHS depends on patient choice
Mr Cameron: future changes in the NHS depends on patient choice

In a speech in London today, the Prime Minister is expected to announce that more than 80 more GP consortia have been given pathfinder status, adding to the 52 pathfinders revealed in December (see our interactive map of pathfinder consortia).

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said GPs were ‘the most trusted people in the NHS’ and that ‘standing still’ was not an option for the NHS.

Mr Cameron argued that fundamental changes were needed for the healthcare in the UK to catch up with that provided in other European countries.

‘Future changes in the National Health Service depend on the choice we make as patients, rather than top-down decisions by bureaucrats sat in Whitehall,’ he said.

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