Tory MP savages Lansley's NHS plan

Tory MP and GP Dr Sarah Wollaston has launched a scathing attack on her party leader David Cameron and health secretary Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms.

Ms Wollaston: ‘An organisation responsible for over £100bn needs people who seriously understand accountancy and, trust me, GPs do not'
Ms Wollaston: ‘An organisation responsible for over £100bn needs people who seriously understand accountancy and, trust me, GPs do not'

The Totnes MP, who previously likened the reforms to throwing ‘a grenade’ into PCTs, said key elements of the reforms are ‘completely unrealistic’ and ‘doomed to fail’

The attack will heap further pressure on Mr Lansley after doctors at the BMA’s special representative meeting and Liberal Democrat party members voiced their concerns.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Wollaston said Mr Cameron’s promise to ‘abolish bureaucracy’ from the NHS would lead to the private sector taking over commissioning.

 ‘It is one thing to rapidly dismantle the entire middle layer of NHS management, but it is completely unrealistic to assume that this vast organisation can be managed by a commissioning board in London with nothing in between it and several hundred inexperienced commissioning consortia,’ she wrote.

‘An organisation responsible for over £100bn needs people who seriously understand accountancy and, trust me, GPs do not.'

Ms Wollaston complained that an amendment she tabled, calling on the government ‘to listen to the concerns of patient groups, professionals and independent experts’, was not selected for debate.

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