Lib Dems have won on NHS reforms, says Clegg

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NICK Clegg will tonight claim victory for the Liberal Democrats in forcing through changes to controversial NHS reforms.

The Deputy PM will tell his party that he ensured their “voice was heard” and the new package is a “job well done”.

The results of a consultation on the controversial health shake-up are due to be unveiled formally today, but PM David Cameron has already signalled a series of key concessions.

They include allowing hospital doctors and nurses to take control of commissioning services as well as GPs, and scrapping the 2013 deadline for consortia to start work.

Mr Clegg will tell a gathering of his parliamentary party: “We have achieved all we set out to achieve. ”

The Deputy Prime Minister will present a scorecard of changes that were demanded by the Lib Dem spring conference in Sheffield in March.

Eleven of the 13 demands - including improving democratic accountability and preventing private firms ‘cherrypicking’ profitable services - have been secured, he will say.

Alternative solutions have been found to meet the remaining two concerns.

A source close to the Lib Dem leader said: “Nick has worked tirelessly in government to get the reforms into a place where he was happy with them. We’re expecting the parliamentary party to be pretty pleased with the result. We have won.

“Nick said people would hear a louder Lib Dem voice in Government. We’ve spoken loudly and clearly. And we’ve been heard.”