Even David Cameron’s doctor brother-in-law doesn’t trust NHS reforms

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

LONDON - UK Prime Minister David Cameron has dragged his own family into the row over the Government’s health reforms.

He revealed that his brother-in-law Carl Brookes-a cardiologist-had fears about the shake-up.

“My brother-in-law is a hospital doctor and he says ‘You’re giving too much power to the GPs, and hospitals will be disadvantaged,’” said Cameron.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, Brooks has raised concerns about the health care reforms.

He said, “It is right that clinicians should be more closely involved in decisions about where the money goes. I support the aim of reducing the overall management costs of the NHS and the measures designed to allow that,” reports the Daily Mail.

John Healey, Labour’s health spokesman, claimed the comments showed the scale of the concern about the reforms.

“The Prime Minister’s brother-in-law is no doubt one of the three in four doctors who don’t believe this high-risk, high-cost reorganisation is going to improve services,’ he said.

Under the reforms, GPs will be given control over 80billion pounds of NHS funds. From 2013, they will be in charge of commissioning care for their patients - a job now done by managers at primary care trusts. (ANI)

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