NHS Reforms are put on pause
- Published on Tuesday, 05 April 2011 09:25
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Andrew Lansley has acknowledged there are "genuine concerns" about the NHS shake-up in England - amid accusations the policy is in "chaos"
The health secretary said ministers were "listening" and would now "pause" to allow further consultation.
Plans which would give GPs control of about 60% of the NHS budget and allow more private firms to provide care have come under cross-party criticism.
Labour's John Healey accused Mr Lansley of "confusion, chaos and incompetence".
The Health and Social Care Bill, currently going through Parliament, is the largest piece of health legislation since the NHS was created.
It would allow groups of GPs' consortia to decide what health care to buy - something currently done by primary care trusts - putting £60bn of the health budget into their control by 2013.