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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007, 14:40 GMT
Lansley: New targets for the NHS
Andrew Lansley
Narrowing in on how long people wait for specific treatments is actually distorting the whole process.
Andrew Lansley

Interviewed on this week's Politics Show, Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, explained the Conservative Party's new proposals for the NHS.

On Monday, the party will announce plans to scrap many of the government's central health targets, and set new objectives to measure how well patients are treated.

The party also wants to give doctors greater responsibility for their own budgets and priorities.

He told Jon Sopel that the government's targets - on waiting times, for instance - were too narrow: "The NHS should be measuring the overall outcome. And for cancer patients, for example, five-year survival rates is the way to do it.

"Narrowing in on how long people wait for specific treatments is actually distorting the whole process."

He added: "One size fits all targets isn't the right way forward. We need local targets which are set by doctors and hospitals and those local targets wouldn't try to say, we must have an 18 week target for every operation, everywhere in the country."

On his plans for giving GPs more control over their budgets and services for patients, Mr. Lansley said: "We need them [GPs] to take serious and senior responsibilities and putting together the clinical decisions about what's right for patients, with the budgetary consequences and setting those sorts of local priorities, that's the sort of thing GPs should be doing."

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The Politics Show Sunday 21 January 2007 at 12.00pm on BBC One.

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