NHS reorganisation has put service ‘in distress’

GP leaders are still expressing concern about the Government’s NHS reforms, saying that they have put the NHS “in distress”.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) chair Dr Clare Gerada said the controversial Health and Social Care Act has caused “the mother of all top-down reorganisations” in the health service.

The Health and Social Care Act became law in March after a tortuous passage through Parliament.

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Whilst the Act applies to England only, Dr Gerada said that all the health services across the UK are under pressure to find ways of delivering services 
more efficiently without compromising the quality of patient care.

She added: “We GPs will always make the system work for our patients. But we will never compromise the founding values of our NHS.

“And each of us must continue to play our part in raising concerns wherever we see inequalities and unfairness in our health system.”