Labour will back clinically-led commissioning if Health Bill is scrapped

Labour has said it will work with the government to establish more clinically-led commissioning as long as it withdraws the Health Bill.

Mr Burnham: 'Scrap the Bill and Labour will support the government in implementing commissioning'
Mr Burnham: 'Scrap the Bill and Labour will support the government in implementing commissioning'

Newly appointed shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said Labour is ‘firmly of the view’ that clinically-led commissioning could be set up without legislation or a ‘major reorganisation’.

In a letter to health secretary Andrew Lansley, he put forward a ‘constructive offer’: scrap the Bill and Labour will support the government in establishing a ‘representative commissioning team in each PCT area’.

Mr Burnham said this could see clinically-led commissioning become a reality 'within weeks' as it would work within the existing statutory framework.

He added: ‘Such an approach offers a way ahead and would bring immediate benefits to the NHS in terms of stability and savings. It would allow the focus of staff to be concentrated on tackling the financial challenge.'

'I hope you will take this offer as a genuine attempt to move things forward. However, if you choose not to listen and continue on your current course, I have real fears that you will cause great damage to the NHS.

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Vaccination tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK have led the largest-ever NHS vaccination programme in response...

RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall

Hand PCNs control of primary care infrastructure funding, says RCGP

CCG funding for primary care infrastructure should be handed to PCNs when the bodies...

Professor Martin Marshall and Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall

Talking General Practice speaks to RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul

In-house review not enough to stop 'unjust' GMC referrals, warns BMA

Doctors' leaders have repeated calls for a full independent review of the GMC referral...

Coronavirus

How widespread is long COVID in the UK?

Millions of people in the UK are living with long COVID. GPonline looks at the data...

COVID-19 vaccination sign

GP contract for autumn COVID-19 booster campaign due shortly

GP practices in England will be invited shortly to sign up for the COVID-19 autumn...