NHS reforms pass final hurdle in House of Lords

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2199
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government’s proposals for the NHS in England looked almost certain to become law as the BMJ went to press this week, as the Health and Social Care Bill was passed in the House of Lords.

Peers voted in favour of the bill after debate over amendments, but on Tuesday 20 March Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, was granted an emergency 90 minute debate in the House of Commons to try to stop the bill gaining royal assent and becoming law.

In the House of Lords a motion proposed by the Labour peer Glenys Thornton had called for the bill to be dropped but was rejected by 269 to 174 votes. The cross bench peer David Owen called for a delay to the bill’s third reading until the publication of a risk register document that analyses the risks of the reforms, but this was also defeated, by 328 votes to 213.

Meanwhile around 240 doctors have announced that they plan to stand as MPs in the next general election against Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates or to help …

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