Well it looks like the proposed changes will only improve the current service - straight away the new 111 service will be free to call unlike NHS Direct now, you pay for that privilege.
Where NHS Direct can only highlight other services, when you call NHS 111 you will be able to book a GP appointment or go straight through to local out of hours services. If you do need an ambulance the 111 service will cut out the need to go through the 999 service assessment.
Since Saturday the story has moved on a great deal, and I do hope and appeal once again that in future the Minister or Ministry responsible either announce these major policy shifts through parliament or at the very least announce it to the media in a proper manner.
Labour, especially via mouthpiece John "I want to be treasurer of the bankrupt party" Prescott have seized on this and are setting up websites claiming to Save NHS Direct.
In fact yesterday I ended up having a spat with John Prescott on twitter.
Leadership contender Andy Burnham MP said at the weekend of the announcement;
"The health secretary's statement will stun people across the NHS.The reason Andy Burnhams comments, and the argument I used with John Prescott is that Labour are NOT being honest with the voters (again). Actually they are being complete hypocrites.
"It is yet more evidence that Andrew Lansley is on a vindictive mission to break up the NHS, ruthlessly dismantling services before alternatives are in place."
That is not a comment I make lightly.
On page 35 of this year's Labour Party manifesto, sits the following paragraph:
"A new, national 111 telephone number will make non emergency services far easier for people to access and book."Would the Labour government if still in power have had this 111 service running alongside NHS Direct?
Of course not!
Labour were planning to scrap NHS Direct themselves and replace it with a 111 service.
Yet Andy Burnham accused Andrew Lansley of being on a "vindictive mission to break up the NHS" when he would have done exactly the same thing himself.
John Prescott argued with me on twitter that "40% of NHSD staff are nurses - 1400. Your plan = replace them with call centre advisors. Ours was to change number."
What John Prescott omits there in his answer is that 60% of the staff are call centre advisors already.
They are taking people for fools in opposition in much the same way as they did in Government and unfortunately many people are still believing their shameful lies.