Notice the best NHS can say about this "reform" is that this will improve Brits' lives by "avoiding the need to find child care during appointments"? Really? That's it??
But don't forget - NHS will save £2.9billion ($4.65 billion) “almost immediately”. We must assume those savings will also improve the lives of most patients almost immediately even though the article does not say how.
Anyhow my guess is, if you're not British, and not a patient, you won't much care. This kind of thing could never happen here. Government doesn't have that much control over the U.S. medical care system. Right?