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Burnham: Whistleblower report should apply to social care

The shadow health secretary has called for the recommendations on NHS whistleblowers to apply equally to social care.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Credit: PA Wire

Andy Burnham called it a "major concern" that social care was not covered by the Francis review.

Burnham told MPs, "It could be argued some of the poorest care being provided in England today is in social care settings, or indeed in people's own homes."

Sir Bruce Keogh to face MPs following report on 999 call downgrading

The medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, will give evidence to MPs today about pressure on emergency services.

The hearing comes after one NHS trust admitted downgrading thousands of 999 calls without permission from senior management.

The East of England Ambulance Service has admitted to downgrading calls without permission from senior management Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The East of England Ambulance Service released an internal report showing that 57 patients died after having their 999 calls downgraded leading ambulances to either arrive late at the scene or not turn up at all.

Yesterday, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham raised the case in the House of Commons, claiming that some of the downgraded calls were on behalf of terminally ill patients.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the East of England ambulance service has received £3.6 million of extra support this winter and defended the record of ambulance services nationwide.


Burnham: 'It's time to combine health and social care budgets'

Andy Burnham has said that Labour would combine the health and social services budgets to try and care for the elderly in their homes before they become a burden on the NHS.

The shadow health secretary told Good Morning Britain: "I've repeatedly warned that if you cut social care, if you take away support from older people in their homes; in the end that falls back on the NHS because people go into hospital and they become trapped there. "I've said that we'll bring health and social care together I think the time has come to see them as one budget."

NHS report 'endorses key planks of Labour's plan'

Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said that today's five-year forecast for the NHS "endorses key planks of Labour's plan".

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham

He said he agrees with the report's finding that primary care has been under-resourced and called on the government to stop cuts to the budget for GPs.

Mr Burnham also noted that the report "does not give one mention to competition" and says the Coalition should review its competition rules.

While the Health Secretary denied that the report endorses Labour's vision, he said there were large parts of it that Labour and the Conservatives "can agree on".

Labour: Unfair for NHS staff to be singled out over pay

We support pay restraint, including in the NHS, but it’s unfair for NHS staff to be singled out in this way.

The Pay Review Body has looked carefully at the issue and the Government should not have rejected its advice and gone further than a one per cent cap, which the Chancellor himself announced.

If David Cameron hadn’t wasted £3 billion on a reorganisation nobody wanted, the NHS would have a much better financial outlook than it has today.

His reorganisation resulted in six-figure pay-offs for thousands of senior managers and pay cuts for nurses.

That is the reality of the NHS under David Cameron.

– Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham


Tories accuse Labour of 'irresponsible scaremongering'

Labour's attempts to block clause 119 of the care bill, which would give ministers greater power to close down hospitals, is "irresponsible scaremongering of the worst kind".

A Conservative Party spokesman said:

These claims from Andy Burnham are irresponsible scaremongering of the worst kind - changes to the special administrator regime will simply ensure that patients get safe care, and these powers have only ever been used in extremis twice since 2009, when Labour introduced them in the first place.

This Government is determined to turn round failing hospitals, unlike the Opposition, which didn't confront the sort of under performance and failure we tragically saw at Mid Staffs.

– A Conservative Party spokesman

NHS should be run for 'clinical not financial reasons'

Labour has accused the Government of neglecting the NHS' first responsibility to clinical care and instead, having a financial focus when making changes to hospitals.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said:

Jeremy Hunt wants to ride roughshod over local communities and have carte blanche to break up the NHS without anyone else having a say.

With more and more hospitals in financial difficulty, this move could hit every community in the land and leave them voiceless in the face of changes to their services.

Labour is clear: changes to hospitals should be driven by clinical, not financial, reasons with local people involved every step of the way.

That is why we believe these plans are dangerous and wrong. It is time for Parliament to stop an arrogant Secretary of State from overstepping the mark.

– Andy Burnham

Labour appeals to MPs over power to close hospitals

A general view of an Accident and Emergency sign. Credit: PA Wire

Labour is appealing for Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs to help block measures it says will give ministers sweeping powers to close hospitals.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said clause 119 of the Care Bill - due to be debated in the Commons today - would allow Jeremy Hunt to "ride roughshod" over local residents' concerns.

Labour: Social care cuts to blame for ambulance increase

Andy Burnham said that social care cuts are increasing the need for ambulance callouts. Credit: PA

Labour said the ambulance figures confirm that cuts to social care funding are driving up the need for hospital attention among the elderly.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said data in the House of Commons library shows that local authority spending on adult social care has been cut by £1.8bn since 2009/10.

He said: "These shocking figures expose the growing crisis in older people's care on David Cameron's watch.

"The Government's severe cuts to social care have left thousands of older people without the support they need - at risk of going into hospital and getting trapped there. It is one of the root causes of David Cameron's A&E crisis.

"It is appalling to think that every week there are thousands of frail and frightened people speeding through our towns and cities in the backs of ambulances to be left in a busy A&E."

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