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Attempt to delay bill on personal care is defeated in House of Lords

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c720
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    An attempt to delay a bill giving the most vulnerable people free personal care in their own homes has been thrown out by the House of Lords.

    The Personal Care at Home Bill was announced by Gordon Brown at last year’s Labour Party conference and then formed part of the Queen’s speech. However, former Labour health minister Lord Warner, who proposed the motion to block the bill, said it was unaffordable and proper consultation had not taken place.

    Conservative peer Baroness Gardner of Parkes said the bill was being introduced in an “ill considered way.” “The timing and speed of the bill are also unfortunate. Bringing it …

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