UK health reform planned
Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:01 pm
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that his government will make fundamental changes to Britain’s state-run health care system, but critics warned the reforms could undermine one of the country’s most vital institutions.
The Conservative leader said he would save money and cut red tape by giving control over management to family practitioners rather than bureaucrats, and allow private companies to bid for contracts within the National Health Service.
He said change is needed because standards of care in Britain have fallen behind those in other European countries.
“I do not think we should put up with being second-best,” Cameron told BBC radio. “We should aim to be the best.”
If Britain continued with its current system, “we would face a really big crunch in two or three years’ time,” he added.
Published in The Messenger 1.19.11