MORI poll finds huge majority against trust plan. . . Reforms compromise rumoured. . . Labour councils urge managers' trust boycott. . .
The first opinion poll to measure the public's response to plans for a hospital to become a trust has found a five-to-one majority against the idea. Carried out by MORI for Doncaster council, the poll found that 68 per cent of 12,040 residents were opposed.
Compromises on key areas of the government's internal market reforms could be negotiated between doctors and health ministers in the autumn. They are likely to centre on the details of GP fund holding and self-governing trusts. A Conservative backbencher predicted: 'The sky will be black with concessions.'
Plans to persuade NHS managers to boycott proposals for self-governing trusts have been drawn up by London Labour councils.
The Association of London Authorities is also calling on councils to campaign with GPs and hospital doctors against the NHS white paper.
GPs in East Anglia are set to co-operate with regional health authority plans for an internal market experiment at three large district hospitals.
The RHA intends that Addenbrooke's, Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough District hospitals will charge each other for cross boundary flows. Outpatient services will not be included in the experiment.
The Social and Liberal Democrats have promised a 2 per cent real-terms increase in NHS funding every year. They argue that the service has been 'systematically starved of funds' for the past decade. It would take into account NHS inflation and early action to increase pay. Other proposals include creating 60,000 health and social services jobs in the community over three years.
Britain should launch a national food and health strategy in a bid to reduce coronary heart disease, a panel of experts has recommended. Existing strategies often ignore health or may be harmful to it, they say.