MPs to debate controversial power to close hospital services

Labour are appealing to MPs to vote against a controversial measure that would give ministers the power to close local hospital services in England. A clause in the Care Bill would allow administrators to take over any financially failing NHS Trust.

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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.

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