Nurses reject NHS reforms

The Royal College of Nurses have voted to reject the government's proposed changes to the NHS. The move came after Health Secretary Andrew Lansley faced another grilling by MPs on the controversial reforms.

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NHS competition watchdog attacks 'misinformed debate'

The head of the NHS watchdog on competition said the Government's proposed health reforms would not significantly change the NHS. The head of the Co-operation and Competition Panel Catherine Davies warned there has been “a massive amount of misinformed debate” over the reforms.

I think in substance the approach is likely to be very, very similar. We have essentially been applying the same principles of competition law and competition economics for the last three years.

In an interview with told The Times, she said there's already strong competition between NHS bodies, not private companies, and that this is unlikely to change under the Health and Social Care Bill.


More problems for Healthcare Bill at House of Lords

by - Deputy Political Editor

The Healthcare Bill debate has dominated the House to the extent that it has disrupted the chamber's schedule; the debate planned tomorrow on the competition aspect of the bill (one of the most controversial parts of the reform plans) has now been delayed until next Tuesday.

This means that Nick Clegg will be have to face his party at their spring conference next week before the debate has been wrapped up. There are also rumblings that more NHS commissioning teams will come out against the Bill in the coming days.

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