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London's health reforms survive Commons attack

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1286 (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1286

Plans to rationalise London's hospitals, including plans to close St Bartholomew's and Guy's, survived an attack in the Commons last week. A threatened revolt by London's Tory MPs fizzled out, and the government won endorsement of its reforms in London by a margin of 12 votes, one more than its nominal majority in the Commons. Two Tory MPs voted with Labour, two abstained, and one resigned as an unpaid ministerial aide.

The government had been confident that it would win the vote without having to compromise, but it promised to ensure …

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