Medical managers have welcomed Conservative leader David Cameron’s claim that a Tory-led NHS would see doctors and nurses become more involved in management.

Speaking at the Royal College of Pathologists, Mr Cameron claimed he would “put healthcare professionals in charge of delivering patient care” so the NHS could respond more effectively to the needs of the public.

He also proposed changing the name of the Department of Health to the Department of Public Health and introducing performance-related pay for those involved in the service.

The proposals were welcomed by the British Association of Medical Managers.

Chief executive Jenny Simpson said: “BAMM welcomes David Cameron’s proposals for a focus on public health, cutting administrative costs and development of provision in both primary and secondary care.

“Each of Mr Cameron’s strategies will require increasing involvement of clinicians in management - it is only clinicians who can really make resource decisions safely.”