The British Medical Association has said that government proposals to give patients and the public in England more say in the NHS are likely to fail due to insufficient resources. The BMA’s patient liaison group criticises the plans to replace patient forums with new local involvement networks (LINks) without addressing resourcing issues. ‘We support the government’s intention to strengthen the involvement of the public and patients in the planning and delivery of their local health and social services. However, we have concerns about the new structures proposed in this Bill,’ said patient liaison group deputy chair Juliet Dunmur
Archive for January, 2007
House prices in the UK increased by 4.2% during the last three months of 2006 with the market in Northern Ireland continuing to outperform elsewhere, new figures show. The Halifax House Price Index found that average house prices rose to £186,954 in the fourth quarter, pushing the annual rate of inflation up to 9.9% Northern Ireland recorded the biggest rise between October and December, with prices up 15.9% to £196,874.
Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb has called the findings of the Conservative policy commission on the NHS ‘depressingly familiar’ and claimed that giving GPs total control of their budgets would lead to greater health inequalities. He said: ‘There can be no doubt that GPs are the backbone of the primary care system, but it is essential that the patients’ interests are paramount.’