Ruffley at summit with Suffolk Local Medical Committee General Practitioners on new Government Health White Paper

Thursday, 25 November, 2010

On Friday 26th November, David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, and other Suffolk MPs, will meet with Suffolk GPs to discuss the questions raised by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's new White Paper on NHS Reform. The White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, has been described as the most radical shake up of the NHS since its creation in 1948.

David said: 'The most radical proposal is that £80bn of NHS funding will be handed to GPs to buy care for patients in their area leading to the abolition of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities by 2013. The Government tells us that this will cut management costs by half.

But many Suffolk GPs I have talked to say that GPs will either have to become management accountants themselves or subcontract the work to people who are. The is could in the end mean little or no saving at all.

Other questions for which I will be seeking answers include: How big should a consortium of GPs be? Should there be one for St Edmundsbury? Or Suffolk? Or Norfolk and Suffolk? And how will they work in buying care for my constituents who are NHS patients?'