Conservatives to empower GPs

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley promised to 'put power and responsibility back in the hands of GPs,' at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week.

Under the Conservatives, GPs would have the power and budget to commission services for patients, said Mr Lansley.

A new, independent health board would oversee the purchasing of services, he added.

The shadow health minister said returning power to GPs would ensure 'distant, impersonal polyclinics' were not imposed. He said polyclinics were undermining 'trusted family doctor services.'

He also pledged to scrap labour targets and mixed wards, and create a consumer voice for patients called 'Health Watch'.

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