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Gordon Brown to crack down on 'vested interest' GP leaders

By Ian Quinn

Gordon Brown will crack down on ‘vested interests' including GP leaders who he sees as blocking Government reforms, it has been reported.

According to cabinet sources quoted in The Guardian at the weekend, the Prime Minister has decided to take a tougher stance to defend against Conservative attacks that Labour is complacent about public sector performance.

As part of it patients will be offered private sector help if local primary care or hospital services are inadequate, it is reported.

The new strategy seems to fly in the face of recent moves by the Government to backtrack on its pro-private sector strategy.

Just last week NHS chief executive David Nicholson wrote to trusts stressing that the NHS was the preferred provider of services adding: ‘Our aim is to ensure that NHS staff are treated fairly and engaged in decisions.'

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