Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb has called the findings of the Conservative policy commission on the NHS 'depressingly familiar' and claimed that giving GPs total control of their budgets would lead to greater health inequalities.

He said: 'There can be no doubt that GPs are the backbone of the primary care system, but it is essential that the patients' interests are paramount.'

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb has called the findings of the Conservative policy commission on the NHS 'depressingly familiar' and claimed that giving GPs total control of their budgets would lead to greater health inequalities.

He said: 'There can be no doubt that GPs are the backbone of the primary care system, but it is essential that the patients' interests are paramount.'