British Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to make changes to his controversial plans to reform the National Health Service.
Ministers have accepted the recommendations made by a panel of health professionals.
The prime minister insisted that the coalition had not made a “humiliating U-turn”.
“The fundamentals of our plans: more control to patients, more power to doctors and nurses, less bureaucracy in the NHS, those fundamentals are stronger today as they’ve never been. But the shape of our plan, the detail of how are we are going to make all of this work, that really has changed”.
It was a day of health service headaches for Cameron and Clegg.
On a visit to Guy’s Hospital in London the pair, along with a group of aides and journalists, were shouted at by a man who claimed to be a senior orthopaedic surgeon. He appeared to be objecting to the fact that some of the party had not rolled up their sleeves thus flouting the hospitals hygiene rules.
“I’m not having it” he bawled as the prime minister and his deputy looked on opened mouthed.