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PM meets with GPs over health reforms

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The PM met GPs from the Horizon Health Commissioning consortium in Bedford to discuss the government's plans to reform UK health services

Mr Cameron said doctors should be given “the trust and the money and the power”, with GPs becoming “gatekeepers of the NHS”.

Speaking at a doctor’s surgery, the PM said:

The most important thing is to recognise we are putting the GP in charge of the health service. All of us know who our GP is and we trust them to do the right thing for us in the NHS.

We don’t know all the bureaucrats and the primary care trusts and the rest of it. So let’s actually put the trust and the money and the power with the GP.

They should be the gatekeepers for the NHS. That’s how we are going to improve patient care in this country, how we are going to get better health outcomes, and how we are going to make sure that every penny of tax that we take from people for the NHS is well spent improving our national health service.

The meeting follows the launch of a White Paper, announced by Andrew Lansley this week, which proposes radical changes to the NHS by promising more choice for patients over how and where they are treated.