What Gordon Brown's premiership will mean for the health service has yet to be seen, but one thing is certain: the NHS is bound for more tumultuous times.

What Gordon Brown's premiership will mean for the health service has yet to be seen, but no sooner had prime minister Tony Blair's resignation speech ended than speculation began in earnest.

The Daily Mail told readers of Brown's plans to 'tackle GPs over pay and hours', claiming the prime minister to be is 'heading for a showdown with them over their six-figure salaries'.

The paper said Mr Brown will tell GPs to 'bring back proper out-of-hours care or effectively take a pay cut'.

And it quoted him as saying that he will make the NHS an 'immediate priority' when he almost inevitably takes over next month.

The Sunday People said GPs must work 'harder for their bumper pay packets when he becomes prime minister'. The red-top said Mr Brown would 'order GPs to open surgeries and health centres almost round the clock so patients can be seen when they choose'.

Meanwhile The Guardian said Brown would pick a different fight, to 'take on Tories over the NHS' by 'wooing staff and patients'.

The paper said 'Labour will place health at the centre of its battle' as Brown 'promised initiatives to win back the confidence of patients and NHS staff'. It said Mr Brown had promised to explore plans for developing the service 'in a way that I think both staff and patients will find very attractive... What you want is the maximum local autonomy for doctors, consultants, nurses and managers.'

One thing is certain: the NHS is bound for more tumultuous times.