In the Labour election manifesto, released on Monday, Gordon Brown also pledged to further expand the availability of GP-led health centres open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, to ensure 'the NHS suits the lives of busy families'.
Meanwhile, it said over the coming months, PCTs would be expected to challenge all services to achieve the highest quality.
‘Where changes are needed, we will be fair to NHS services and staff and give them a chance to improve, but where they fail to do so we will look to alternative provision,' it said.
The party also said it would ensure that the patients' care will come first.
'No longer passive recipients of care, patients will be active partners with enforceable guarantees, real choice, and direct control over services. These changes are essential to maintain the principle at the core of the NHS: of care provided on the basis of need, not ability to pay,' the manifesto said.
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