NHS plans under the spotlight

WHAT DO YOU THINK? -- Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen chats to shopper Bessie Toop, watched by Hucknall councillor John Wilmott -- DISPIC NHUD12-0320-1

WHAT DO YOU THINK? -- Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen chats to shopper Bessie Toop, watched by Hucknall councillor John Wilmott -- DISPIC NHUD12-0320-1

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CONTROVERSIAL changes to the National Health Service (NHS) were up for discussion when Bulwell’s Labour MP Graham Allen visited Hucknall to chat with shoppers.

The coalition government wants doctors to control budgets and commission health services locally under reforms through the Health And Social Care Bill.

But the plan has been widely criticised by medical professionals and the Labour opposition, who believe it will lead to more paperwork and less time for patient-care.

Mr Allen was invited by the Hucknall branch of the Labour Party to back a petition campaign against the reforms.

Mr Allen said: “I think David Cameron and Nick Clegg have made a bad misjudgment.

“People seem very angry about what is happening.

“When we are under financial pressure as a country, spending huge amounts of money and throwing the NHS in the air doesn’t make sense. We should be ploughing the money into frontline services.”

He added: “I think that in Nottinghamshire, we are better prepared than most. But being better prepared for a storm that we need not have isn’t much of a consolation.

“Doctors should be concentrating on patients, not administration.”