The Department of Health is insisting health secretary Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are “proceeding”, following a report they have been rejected by other departments.
The Financial Times reported Liberal Democrats in government had concerns over the dramatic reorganisation involved in making GPs responsible for commissioning, and the speed at which Mr Lansley wants to implement the change.
A DH spokesman said plans were “proceeding” and refused to comment further.
It is now thought to be unlikely Mr Lansley’s first policy document in government, expected next week, will include full proposals for GP commissioning.
Mr Lansley initially wanted to transfer responsibility from primary care trusts in April 2012, it is understood, but at the NHS Confederation conference last month he refused to comment on the date.
The health secretary has already faced Treasury concern about giving responsibility for such a large amount of public spending to GP consortia.
HSJ reported last month the Treasury had written to the DH asking how it would ensure the budget would remain in balance.