MPs debate NHS reforms

MPs are debating the government's controversial controversial health and social care bill after it was passed in the Lords yesterday.

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It's Andy versus Andrew: the battle over the NHS gets personal

by - Political Correspondent
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham Credit: Labour Party

In angry exchanges in the Commons, the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham warned the Coalition Government, it was making a "catastrophic political mistake" by pushing ahead with its NHS reforms.

But the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said Labour's stance was "political opportunism dressed up as principle" and he accused Mr Burnham of putting forward an "erroneous view" in a constituency leaflet that suggested the Government was pushing through £20 billion of unmandated cuts.

The cuts, said Mr Lansley, were efficency savings given the go-ahead under Labour.

'We will repeal NHS bill' says Shadow Health Secretary

by - Political Correspondent

A future Labour Government would repeal the Health and Social Care bill at the first opportunity, the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham told MPs.

He said it was a bill that nobody voted for, that no MP could look their constituent in the eye and defend and he attacked the Liberal Democrats for what he claimed was selling out by failing to stand up to the Prime Minister. Fiery talk, but a speech that will not halt the progress of the bill.

Andy Burnham warns of gamble over the NHS

by - Political Correspondent

The Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham told MPs they were being asked to back the gamble of the Government's NHS reforms without being afforded the courtesy of being told the odds.

He was opening a debate over whether the Government should publish the Risk Register, an internal document on the risks associated with the health reforms.

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Health Minister: No regrets over NHS bill

by - Political Correspondent

As the Health and Social Care bill limps on to the Statute Book, the Health Minister Simon Burns has told us that pressing ahead with change was not an easy option but it was the "responsible option."

He rejected suggestions the reforms amounted to any large scale commercialisation of the NHS.

Asked if he had any regrets about the bill, he said: "No, we could not afford to standstill."

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