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The Government's proposals for modernising the national health service consist of several different, mutually-reinforcing policies, which it would not be possible to test together as a formal pilot scheme. However, in response to consultation on the NHS White Paper, we have set up a pathfinder programme for emerging general practitioner consortia, and invited early implementers to explore the development of health and well-being boards in local authorities. There are now pathfinder groups covering nearly 90% of the country, and 90% of local authorities have come forward to be early implementers. In addition, the changes are being phased carefully over four years, allowing time to plan, test and learn.
In the meantime, we have announced a pause in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, to engage further on our proposals with staff, patients and the public.