Former health secretary Andy Burnham has faced criticism for blocking a public inquiry into regulatory failings within the NHS.
The shadow health secretary has warned councils would not be given “free rein” under his plan to put the lion’s share of NHS funding in local government’s hands.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has pledged to force a vote in Parliament over plans to redistribute clinical commissioning group funding on the basis of age.
Labour is considering a radical plan to make social care free at the point of need and funded through taxation, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been threatened with potential legal action by Labour in a dramatic escalation of a row over claims of a “cover-up” of NHS care shortcomings.
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Labour would force clinical commissioning groups to include a wider range of clinicians and reverse the increased private patient income cap, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has told HSJ.
Hospital patients are being allowed to pay for treatments that are no longer available for free, the shadow health secretary has claimed.
The shadow health secretary has said he opposes “GP control or domination of commissioning” because it is not “accountable” and compromises “the public interest”.
NHS staff will back further reorganisation of the NHS by a Labour government because their “hearts and minds” are behind the party’s plans for integration of the health and social care systems, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.
The prime minister has been accused of leaving accident and emergency departments on the “brink of a serious crisis” as a series of surveys reveal the concerns of patients, nurses and health service leaders.
Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4bn of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs.
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The shadow health secretary has said clinical commissioning groups should be relegated to an advisory role because councils were more in tune with their local populations than GPs.
A centrally planned health service is “inherently” more efficient than a marketised one, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has told the NHS Confederation annual conference.
A key architect of the health and wellbeing board model has expressed concern at possible Labour proposals to make the boards the NHS’s main commissioning bodies.
The government must accept “radical changes” to hospital services if it diverts more NHS funding to shore up the social care budget, the head of the NHS England has said.
Large numbers of clinical commissioning group leaders would leave their roles if the groups’ budgets were given to local authorities, as has been proposed by the shadow health secretary.
Sir John Oldham, the chair of the Labour commission set up to examine ways of joining up health and social care, has pledged to keep an “open mind” on how the integration could be best achieved.
Labour will set up an independent commission to examine how health and social care can be integrated to meet what Ed Miliband claims is the biggest challenge in the history of the NHS.
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