The NHS boss in charge of the government's 'listening exercise' on its controversial reforms has stated his support for the principles underpinning the plan.
The NHS Future Forum leader, Professor Steve Field (pictured), this week briefed a panel of primary care leaders convened by the Department of Health: "I am absolutely convinced taking GP-led commissioning forward is the best way for making the health service better. I am convinced Andrew Lansley believes that and that's what people want on the ground. I have heard nothing to dissuade me from that," he said.
He told the gathering of 90 primary care professionals in Church House Conference Centre, central London, that the government had been "very brave" in having the pause and setting up a group to look at the issues.