Labour MP Barry Sheerman is working on a “Plan B” alternative to health bosses’ shake-up plan.

The veteran Huddersfield MP said: “Everyone keeps asking what is the Plan B and the fact is there isn’t one.

“So what I am doing is putting a small group together to come up with an alternative.”

Mr Sheerman said the local Clinical Commissioning Groups lacked management experience and knowledge and were “sheltering behind” a report by consultants from accountancy firm Ernst &Young.

“There is a fatal flaw with this report,” he said. “This process is supposed to be judged on clinical and medical care and I don’t think anyone who reads this darn thing will see it as anything other than a financial report.

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“Finance is the thread that runs right through it when it should be about clinical and health outcomes.”

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Mr Sheerman said he was putting together a group of experts including a senior clinician and a health economist.

He added: “I need six key people and I am halfway there. We will have a team together this week and then we will work flat out over a short period of time to come up with a Plan B.”