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PM to reveal NHS reform changes

14 June 2011

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The Prime Minister is set to unveil NHS reform changes after “genuine and deep seated concerns” from healthcare professionals led to a significant rewrite.

Details of the alterations will be outlined on Tuesday by David Cameron after a review highlighted issues with the original plans.

Mr Cameron is expected to say that he agrees with the majority of the changes to the health service blueprint.

The move follows a political and professional storm created by the Health and Social Care Bill.

The Bill was subsequently paused while discussions continued over key points including handing control of £60 billion over to GPs and extending competition.

The NHS Future Forum, appointed to lead a “listening exercise”, published its findings on Monday alongside a list of recommended amendments to the flagship policy.

A triumphant Nick Clegg told Liberal Democrat MPs and peers on Monday night that the scale of the rethink meant the party’s key demands had been “very, very handsomely met”.

Dissent within the ranks of the Deputy Prime Minister’s party over the Bill had threatened to open up a dangerous split between the governing coalition partners.

Mr Cameron also appeared to have convinced most Tory MPs that the reforms had not been watered down too far to appease the Lib Dems but faced a serious battle to win back public opinion.

Copyright Press Association 2011