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The Prime Minister repeated a familiar refrain that Ed Miliband is concentrating on the politics and not the "substance" of the Health and Social Care Bill. He said: "We all know what he's against but isn't it time we all knew what he's for"
Ed Miliband and the Prime Minister are arguing over the official number of GPs who oppose the health reforms. Miliband says it's "hard to keep track" of the number of people and organisations who oppose the bill. He challenged David Cameron to provide a list of those who support the reforms.
Labour Leader Ed Miliband asked why the Prime Minister is still supporting the Health Bill after a number of "damning indictments". The Prime Minister accused Miliband of taking a "totally opportunistic" stance on the issue.
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.
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.
The House of Lords will debate provisions for competition in the Health and Social Care Bill today.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed on ITV Daybreak that mental health had long been neglected in the NHS and said the Coalition's proposed health reforms could help prevent it becoming a "Cinderella service".
He said: "Whether we like it or not, people are getting older in this country, we are spending more and more"
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?"