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November 15, 2011
PCTs have been banned from enforcing minimum waiting times on referrals and implementing caps on operations

HealthSecretary Andrew Lansley has banned PCTs from enforcing minimum waiting timeson referrals and implementing caps on operations.

Lansley’smove comes as a response to the Co-operation and Competition Panels report on patient choice in the NHS.

ByMarch 2012, all PCTs will be expected to have removed these “unfairrestrictions”, which are said to limit patient choice and prolong “unnecessarysuffering” for patients.

November 3, 2011
Plans to increase patient choice to be introduced at a slower than expected pace

Practice boundaries will remain under the new 2012/13 as the government's plans to increase patient choice are introduced at a slower pace than expected.

Pay freezes will continue to bite as it is agreed GPs will not receive a salary increase in line with other doctors.

However, negotiations between the BMA's GPs' Committee (GPC) and the NHS Employers organisation resulted in a 0.5% general practice funding increase to help practitioners cope with the rising cost of expenses.

October 28, 2011
Motion to scrap the Health Bill rejected by 307 votes to 228, a margin of 79 votes

A fresh motion to scrap the Health and Social Care Bill has been rejected in the House of Commons yesterday (26 October) by a margin of 79 votes.

Opening the debate on the government's record on the NHS, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claimed the bill is "unraveling before the Health Secretary's eyes" and has left the NHS in a state of "chaos".

October 25, 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has ‘softened’ his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in “exceptional circumstances”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has 'softened' his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in "exceptional circumstances".

Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners' (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool, Lansley told delegates he is not looking to abolish practice boundaries, rather he is intending to "extend patient choice".

"We need to think carefully about how to manage home visiting, about how patients who don't live locally to their practice can receive urgent care, and about how information is shared," he said.

October 25, 2011
Local Medical Committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed

Local medical committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed.

In a letter to the BMA's GPs' Committee (GPC), Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has allayed fears clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were being permitted to 'sideline' LMCs.

October 15, 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has named Professor Malcolm Grant as his “preferred choice” to head up the new NHS Commissioning Board

HealthSecretary Andrew Lansley has named Professor Malcolm Grant as his “preferredchoice” to head up the new NHS Commissioning Board.

Grant,who is currently President and Provost of University College London (UCL), isexpected to take up the post of Chair of the new body in October 2011.

Lansley's "preferred choice" is a qualified barrister and academiclawyer with experience of public service, including the Local GovernmentCommission, Higher Education Funding Council for England and as a UK BusinessAmbassador.

October 13, 2011
A member of the Health Select Committee told the Health Secretary he must be “absolutely demented” if he thinks he has the support of health workers in the NHS

A member of the Health Select Committee told the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley he must be "absolutely demented" if he thinks he has the support of health workers in the NHS.

Lansley, together with the Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board David Nicholson, told the Health Select Committee in yesterday's (11 October) Public Expenditure meeting that QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) efficiency savings are "ahead of schedule".

October 13, 2011
The Prime Minister was wrong to claim health workers support the government’s health reforms, experts have claimed

The Prime Minister was wrong to claim health workers support the government's health reforms, experts have claimed.

A letter to the House of Lords from over 400 health doctors, specialists and academics warned they fear the Health and Social Care Bill will do "irreparable harm to the NHS, to individual patients and to society as a whole," and will "erode the NHS's ethical and co-operative foundations."

October 11, 2011
Labour will work with the government to reform NHS commissioning but only if the Health Bill is scrapped

Labour will work with the government to reform NHS commissioning but only if the Health Bill is scrapped.

The new Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has written to the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley, warning the NHS is now in the "danger zone" as he has "failed to build a consensus around his plans".

Burnham said it is time to "stop digging" and "change course" if patient care is to be protected.