Friday, 8 April 2011 00:00
Tory rebels have come out forcefully against the government's reforms to the NHS.
Stephen Dorrell, chair of the Commons health committee, Norman Tebbit, former chair of the party, and Dr Sarah Wallaston, a former GP, have all voiced concerns in the press.
The government has recently sought to salvage the reforms after widespread criticism from doctor and patient groups along with Liberal Democrat MPs.
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley held a show of unity with NHS professionals on Tuesday where they promised to listen to their concerns, saying the government would "pause, listen and reflect".
But a confidential memo emerged yesterday that drew red lines under many areas of the health bill.
The reforms, the brainchild of Mr Lansley, would hand over commissioning power to local GPs and scrap primary care trusts.
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