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GP warning over NHS reforms

GPs and Labour MPs have warned that NHS reforms due to take effect in the coming weeks will lead to a free-for-all for private providers. New regional health service bodies are also said to be behind schedule.

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New NHS regional bodies behind schedule

There is unrest over several of the NHS reforms set to be introduced in April. Credit: Press Association

Only half of the NHS’s new regional health service bodies will be fully ready to start work when the changes come into effect on Monday.

Just 106 of the 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "fully authorised", said NHS England.

The new groups are led by GPs and other clinicians who will take on responsibility for commissioning local hospital, community health and mental health services.

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