Shadow health secretary defends Labour’s record on health

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d427
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1BMJ

The Labour shadow health secretary, John Healey, has denied that the government’s plans are a logical extension of Labour’s policy of increasing private sector involvement in the NHS.

Mr Healey, who was giving his response to the Health and Social Care Bill (BMJ 2011;342:d418, doi:10.1136/bmj.d418) at a King’s Fund debate on 20 January, said that the Labour government had invited private sector providers to deliver healthcare only as a means of getting waiting lists down or providing additional choice for patients.

“We accepted, supported, …

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