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Commons debates NHS failures

The political row between Labour and the Conservatives over 14 failing hospital trusts will continue for a second day in the House of Commons today.

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  1. Libby Wiener

Parties clash over NHS records in light of Keogh report

The Prime Minister has just waded in to the hospitals trust row as he was asked about the report at a question and answer session in Lincolnshire. He said the previous Labour government had simply not wanted to listen to the problems that they were being informed about in the NHS.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was very political in his statement to the Commons today. He said Labour were very much at fault for high death rates at 14 hospital trusts.

I think the Conservatives do feel that this is an issue that they need to make up ground on as opinion polls suggest the public do not trust the party as much as they do Labour.

The Conservatives are determined to show that Labour don't have as good a record on the NHS as it has been made out. Equally, Labour believe they have a lot to say about their NHS record in power, which was mostly good.

Labour improved waiting lists/times and reduced rates of infection, and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham is very angry indeed to the way in which this is being portrayed by the party opposite.

He said that the current government has had three years to look into failings at hospital trusts and it's done nothing over the past three years.

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