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People power to shape the NHS - PM

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Prime Minister David Cameron has said he we wants to give people, not politicians, the power to shape and improve the NHS.

In an article, Mr Cameron addressed the myths and concerns surrounding the health reforms.

He said:

Sticking with the status quo and hoping extra money will meet the challenges is not an option. If we want to deliver better results for patients, we need modernisation.

The PM also said that the proposed changes have not come out of the blue and draw on simple logic “that clinicians, not managers or politicians, are in the best position to understand the needs of patients”.

Last night, Mr Cameron welcomed GPs to Number 10 to celebrate the start of the GP Pathfinder Programme.

Over 4,000 GP practices across the country are already engaged in the Pathfinder Programme and are taking the lead in commissioning health services.

Before the reception, the GP’s attended an event hosted by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley which provided an opportunity to discuss ideas and issues with fellow GPs and the department.

The event also saw the launch of the Pathfinder Learning Network, which enables GP consortia to share key learnings and best practice as they prepare to take on commissioning responsibilities for their local communities.

Read more: PM article on the Health and Social Care Bill

Read more: Pathfiner Learning Network

Read more: Quick guide to health and care reforms (Department of Health)