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.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is still fighting for NHS reforms despite coming under fire from politicians and professional bodies.
The Prime Minister continues to stand his ground on the health bill.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has defended the NHS Bill saying: "The Bill is about quality, not competition on price."