RCGP rejects David Cameron's claim that it supports NHS reforms

The RCGP hit back at claims from prime minister David Cameron that the college supports the government's NHS reforms, warning that it remains 'extremely worried' about the plans.

Mr Cameron told MPs that the RCGP was supportive of the NHS reform plans even though the college said it still had a 'number of concerns'
Mr Cameron told MPs that the RCGP was supportive of the NHS reform plans even though the college said it still had a 'number of concerns'

Mr Cameron told MPs during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday that the RCGP, nurses and other health professionals were supportive of the NHS reform plans. His comments came as MPs prepared for a crucial second day of debates in the House of Commons on the Health Bill, ahead of a vote that will decide whether the Bill is passed.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada said while the college supports putting clinicians at the centre of health service planning, it continues to have a ‘number of concerns’ about the government’s reforms.

‘As a college we are extremely worried that these reforms, if implemented in their current format, will lead to an increase in damaging competition, an increase in health inequalities, and to massively increased costs in implementing this new system. These concerns have been outlined and reiterated pre- and post-pause.’

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the prime minister was on a ‘different planet’ if he believed the health profession was on board with the NHS reform plans.

He said: ‘Does he not read the newspaper? Only on Tuesday the BMA, RCGP and Royal College of Midwives all rejected his Bill. We are seeing a reckless and needless reorganisation of public services.’

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