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.


Lansley urged to 'stand up to Lib Dems'

Nadine Dorries urged Andrew Lansley to stand up to the Liberal Democrats. Credit: The Conservative Party

Tory MPs urged Andrew Lansley to stand up to the Liberal Democrats and resist attempts to water down the Government's controversial health reforms. The Health Secretary was criticised for amendments made to the bill by their coalition partner. Ms Dorries said:

"In his letter, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he had explicitly prevented the use of private health firms as a result of his involvement. Is this really true? And if it is true, shouldn't somebody tell the Deputy Prime Minister who is running this Government?"

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