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Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will speak at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool today - where on Wednesday delegates heard their boss call for fewer hospital beds and more GP surgeries as a way of dealing with the rise in demand for emergency services.
The head of the health service in England, Sir David Nicholson will also address the conference. Sir Nicholson announced last month that he would be retiring at the end of the year.
A joint report by patients, health managers and clinician has called for a fundamental re-think of how NHS health care is provided in England.
The NHS Confederation, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and patient group National Voices said a failure to re-focus the service will leave it unable to sustain demand.
ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister and Labour leader Ed Miliband clashed over who is to blame for the current state of the NHS and an accident and emergency "crisis".
After the publication of its joint report which contains stark warnings about the health service's future, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation said: "We're not trying to make any party-political points here".
Mike Farrar told ITV News: "We said to both governments that the NHS need to change the pattern of services in order to be sustainable.
"We say that because we know that the taxpayer can no longer afford to keep throwing money into the health service and fuel the extra demand".
Sarah Wollaston, a Conservative MP and a former GP, has criticised her colleague Anne McIntosh, [who claimed the NHS is facing a huge burden from female doctors who will want to have children and only work part-time]((http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-06-05/mp-female-doctors-with-families-will-be-a-burden):
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the Government's decision to close walk-in centres has caused an Accident and Emergency department crisis.
Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, he said: "There are people all around this country waiting for hours and hours in A&E and all they see is a complacent, out-of-touch Prime Minister reading out a list of statistics, not about A&E.
"People want to know about the crisis in A&E happening on your watch", he said to David Cameron.
Mr Miliband also said the number of people held in the back of ambulances had doubled since the coalition began, while the number of people waiting on trolleys had doubled.
There were also more cancelled operations than for a decade, he added.
Labour has accused of being "irresponsible" by saying it would not spend more on the NHS, the Prime Minister has claimed:
"Let me tell you what would happen if we followed Labour's spending plans on the NHS.
"New figures out today - there would be 43,000 fewer nurses and 11,000 fewer doctors. We decided because we valued the NHS to spend more. You said it was irresponsible. You are wrong."
Mr Cameron also admitted that waiting times at accident and emergency departments had increased at the beginning of the year, and said the Government was working on this issue.
"Now we must work hard to get those waiting times down and keep those waiting times down but the way we won't do it is by following Labour's policy and cutting the NHS."
The NHS is facing a huge burden from female doctors who will want to have children and only work part-time, a Tory MP claimed today.
Anne McIntosh admitted it was a "controversial thing to say" but "in the normal course of events" the 70% of medical students who are women will want to marry, start families and then go part-time.
Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate on the 111 NHS advice line, she added: "It is obviously a tremendous burden training what effectively might be two GPs working part-time where they are ladies.
"And I think that is something that is going to put a huge burden on the health service".
In response, the Health minister Anna Soubry said Miss McIntosh made an important point about the "unintended consequences" of the large number of women who are training to be doctors.
A joint report by clinicians, managers and patients argues that a publicly-funded NHS is no longer sustainable in its current form.
The academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the NHS Confederation and the patient group National Voices put forward the following recommendations for national leaders:
- 1. Provide more slack for change
- 2. Communicate a national vision on community services
- 3. Be clear about the rules of engagement for crisis-driven change
- 4. Let change be driven locally and regionally
- 5. Establish a political consensus on clinically-driven change
The foreword of 'Changing care, improving quality: Reframing the debate on reconfiguration' said: "Although many of our recommendations are aimed at leaders in England, our message on change is relevant for healthcare across the UK."
The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has called an emergency debate on NHS Accident & Emergency services.
He told Daybreak: "I've been warning Jeremy Hunt about the building pressure in A&E and not getting any response.
"Today, we're pushing this to the floor of the House of Commons and saying this situation is so serious the Government has got to act.
"You can't close A&E's in the middle of an A&E crisis, you must review the evidence to ensure if any closure goes ahead it is safe to do so".
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The NHS faces financial ruin and is no longer sustainable in its current form, a report by doctors, managers and patients warned.