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Tory minister: Govt no longer has control of NHS after reforms

A Conservative public health minister has been secretly recorded claiming the Government no longer has "day-to-day control" of the NHS following reforms under former health secretary Andrew Lansley.

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NHS reforms 'gave away control' of health service

In the recording leaked to the Observer, Conservative health minister Jane Ellison said:

I don't know how much any of you realise that with the Lansley act we pretty much gave away control of the NHS, which means that the thing that most people talk about in terms of health, the NHS, we have some important strategic mechanisms but we don't really have day-to-day control.

From a political point of view, it is a bit like being on a high wire without a net at times, it can be quite exciting.

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