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THE head of a group of doctors who buy health services for south-east Hampshire met the Prime Minister.

Dr Barbara Rushton, lead of the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, was invited to No.10 Downing Street, along with Dr Jim Hogan who heads the Portsmouth CCG.

Other people there included health secretary Jeremy Hunt; Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England; David Flory, chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority; and Charles Alessi, chairman of the National Association of Primary Care.

Dr Rushton said: ‘It was a really useful event and a chance to draw attention to some of the issues we are facing in terms of balancing pressures of funding with the need to deliver transformational changes to our healthcare.

‘Mr Hunt highlighted that the NHS must remain free at the point of delivery and the importance of targets such as the four-hour wait in A&E and the time taken for patients to receive treatment.’