DoH officials move to allay GP reform concerns

A senior DoH official has dismissed doctors' concerns about the government's NHS reforms, calling the plans a 'fantastic opportunity for GPs'.

Talking at the Westminster Health Forum event in London, DoH director of primary care Ben Dyson said the intention of the reforms was to provide closer working between health professions.

He said the idea that GP commissioners would not be able to collaborate with providers was incorrect, while the any willing provider policy will not mean ‘GPs lose control’ over commissioning.

Mr Dyson said: ‘[Allowing commissioners to work with providers] is an essential and crucial part of commissioning. Commissioners will also decide how and when to bundle together services and provide integrated packages of care.’

But Labour shadow health minister John Healey said there was a gap between the intent of the government and what was written in the Health Bill.

He said: ‘At present the gap is entirely wide open. There are still a lot of very big questions still with no answers.’

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