Published: 10/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5942 Page 10

Doctors for Reform are at it again.

The controversial group of NHS consultants and GPs hit the headlines in February last year, when they took out a fullpage advert in The Times calling for compulsory health insurance. Health secretary John Reid said at the time there was no debate: the NHS would continue to be funded through general taxation.

A year on, Doctors for Reform have brought out a report claiming the government's£2bn scheme to modernise cancer treatments has failed, with much of the money wasted on - You have guessed it - 400 bureaucrats.

Hardly surprisingly, the papers loved it.

Written by Professor Karol Sikora, a former chief of the World Health Organisation's cancer programme, the report said there had been no increase in clinical capacity and the money had not found its way to the frontline.

Their answer? Hand over 30 per cent of cancer treatment to the private sector within two years.