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Tory NHS would be 'biggest quango in the world'

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Andy Burnham has criticised Conservative plans for the NHS if they won the next general election by saying the health service would become the ‘biggest quango in the world’.

The health secretary continued to put the squeeze on the Tories over the NHS after MEP Daniel Hannan’s appearance on US television saying he would not wish the 60 year old institution on anybody.

In the face of public outcry, David Cameron was forced to dismiss Mr Hannan’s views as “eccentric” and stress the Conservatives are united in support for the NHS.

But writing in the Guardian, Mr Burnham said: “If you dig beneath the bland protestations of love, there is a genuine philosophical difference on the NHS between the political parties.”

Mr Burnham said the Tories would disregard Labour’s flagship targets: for all patients to have treatment within 18 weeks of a GP referral; a four-hour limit on waiting times in accident and emergency and a promise to have people with cancer seen by a specialist within two weeks.

He said Labour was committed to NHS reform and that in September he would reveal a plan to make former health minister Lord Darzi’s vision of a health service “based on quality and prevention” a reality.

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  • And the one we have now isn't?

    Yours sincerely
    drjohngreensmith@mefreeforall.org
    ME Free For All. org

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  • I've got news for Mr. Burnham - it already is!!!!! The current NHS certainly qualifies as a superlative example of a Quasi Autonomous Non-Government Organisation!
    That and the fact that Labour are managing to privatize the NHS by the sneakiest, back door you've ever seen leads me to believe that Labour also have no 'love' for the NHS. Yes, they maybe committed to reform but not when it is "reform regardless". This government say they are giving the patient what they want - but is it necessarily what they need? Millions are being squandered each year as new fads are introduced without any rationale as to why they are needed. I still believe in the NHS but like Mr. hannan I too would not recommend the current NHS to anyone, be they patient or staff.

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