NHS 'listening exercise' draws to close

Health officials say they have received around 15,000 website responses and 720 letters during their "listening exercise" on the NHS in England.

The Future Forum panel of health workers and patient groups is overseeing the exercise, which ends on Tuesday.

It is due to report its recommendations in mid June.

The bill's key proposals include giving GPs more commissioning powers and abolishing primary care trusts.

Under the plans, GPs working in consortia will take on responsibility for "buying in" the bulk of hospital and community services for their patients.

In the process, all 151 primary care trusts (PCTS) and strategic health authorities will be disbanded.

The NHS plans have come in for widespread criticism and are currently on hold while the government concludes its "listening exercise".

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