Health and Social Care Bill under Fire
The Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill has begun to take toll over the working of the health professionals. In a recent survey, only 12% of the family doctors agreed that the bill holds potential of bringing significant changes in the NHS.
However, in a similar survey conducted in 2010, about 23% of the family doctors were of the opinion that the changes proposed by the Health Secretary are effective and crucial for the development of the NHS.
It has been informed that under the changes, a group of professionals will be headed by the GPs who would be responsible for drafting £60 billion budget of the NHS. The changes would come to effect from next year.
This particular group would also be responsible for making decision regarding the purchase of healthcare. The recent survey was conducted by the BBC. During the survey, 814 GPs were questioned about the new Health and Social Care Act. About 55% of the GPs said that they disagree with the claims made by the Health Secretary about the bill.
According to Andrew Lansley, the bill has the potential of bringing significant changes in the working of the NHS. He was reported as saying, "The Health and Social Care Act will hand power to GPs, put patients at the heart of the NHS, and reduce needless bureaucracy.. putting GPs in leadership positions in the NHS will mean they can improve services for their entire local population".
Although Andrew Lansley has made big claims, he has failed in achieving the support of the medical experts and professionals. A number of amendments were introduced in the bill. Still, vast number of medical professionals is opposing it saying that the bill would cause hefty losses to the NHS.