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Think again on new NHS plans; Letters.

THE Health Service, that old chestnut for carving into, is to undergo further surgery to prolong its life.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley plans to transfer a budget of billions of pounds over to family doctors with which to "purchase" health care for their patients. Family practitioners cater for many things, but do they have the skills, confidence or time to handle such enormous amounts of money? Back in 1989 the then Conservative administration turned the NHS upside down creating a major escalation in bureaucratic complication and high administration costs. This led to the running down of many hospitals; the old Walsgrave Hospital was one illustration in particular. Such is the controversy of such a move, that it is rumoured that the PM is prepared to "think again".

He certainly needs to.

Jon Cleaver, Binley Woods.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 22, 2011
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