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NHS reform plans to be re-examined.

Summary: The Government's NHS reforms are to be re-examined after the Health Secretary admits some groups have "genuine concerns" about the plans.

The Government's controversial NHS reforms are to be re-examined after the Health Secretary admitted some groups had "genuine concerns" about the plans, including the speed of the changes.

In the face of mounting opposition, Andrew Lansley was forced to make a Commons statement on Monday defending aspects of the Health and Social Care Bill, which completed its committee stage last week.

He said the Government would take the opportunity of a "natural break" in the passage of the Bill to "pause, listen and engage" over the concerns and bring forward amendments to "improve the plans further".

Mr Lansley's comments come after a weekend of speculation about a Government U-turn on the Bill, which has been widely criticised by unions, patient bodies, Royal Colleges - and a cross-party group of MPs.

In their report, the Commons Health Committee criticised the "over-emphasis" on GPs having control of most of the NHS budget, saying nurses, hospital specialists, patients and social care experts needed a greater say in commissioning services.

They have urged a rethink of the proposals, with former Tory health secretary Stephen Dorrell admitting that their recommendations would not represent "minor tweaks".

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