UK Government Passes NHS Reform Bill that Will Increase Competition

March 20, 2012 – 4:57 pm

The Health and Social Care bill, a controversial bill that will restructure the UK National Health Services (NHS), was passed today by the UK government. The bill, designed to decrease bureaucracy and administration costs, will dramatically reform NHS by introducing more competition and reducing central government control.

The bill will result in the creation of clinical commissioning groups led by general practitioners. These groups will meet to plan services and will make decisions on 80% of the NHS budget. They will replace the current Primary Care Trusts.

The reform has met strong resistance from healthcare workers and the UK Labour party, who have expressed concern that the quality of care will be reduced as commercial competition is given a larger role.

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