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Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

Burnham warns on patient records

The government is failing to ensure that insurance companies will not be able to buy patient medical records through the controversial NHS data scheme, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.

John Oldham

Labour review: councils must prove "readiness" to take on care of "frail" patients

A report commissioned by Labour on how to bring about integrated care has backed an evolutionary approach to giving health and wellbeing boards the lead role in planning local services.

Andy Burnham

Miliband's CCG vision at odds with Burnham plan

Ed Miliband appears to have indicated that Labour would retain clinical commissioning groups as key decision making bodies in the NHS.

Andy Burnham

NHS 'demoralised and degraded'

The NHS is “demoralised, degraded and confused”, two years into its reorganisation, shadow health minister Andy Burnham has claimed.

Medical tray with syringe, pills and water

NHS contracts 'going to private firms'

Almost 70 per cent of NHS contracts awarded since the government’s controversial reforms became law have been won by private firms, a campaign group has claimed.

Andy Burnham

Burnham accused on Mid Staffs probe

Former health secretary Andy Burnham has faced criticism for blocking a public inquiry into regulatory failings within the NHS.

Andy Burnham

Burnham tells councils 'caveats' will be placed on health role

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.

Health secretary Andy Burnham

Labour to force vote on CCG allocations

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 moots free social care for all

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.

Andy Burnham

Legal threat over Burnham 'cover-up' claims

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.

Jeremy Hunt

Furious row as ex-CQC chair angrily rebuts Hunt's speech claim

Full transcript of Baroness Young’s row with the health secretary

Health secretary Andy Burnham

Burnham sets out plans for repeal of Health Act

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.

Andy Burnham

Patients 'self-funding treatment'

Hospital patients are being allowed to pay for treatments that are no longer available for free, the shadow health secretary has claimed.

GP commissioning not accountable, says Burnham

The shadow health secretary has said he opposes “GP control or domination of commissioning” because it is not “accountable” and compromises “the public interest”.

Andy Burnham

Burnham: NHS 'hearts and minds' behind my integration plan

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.

Accident and emergency patient

A&E departments 'could reach breaking point'

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.

Andy Burnham

NHS spends £1.4bn on redundancy pay-offs

Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4bn of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt dubs £3bn transfer to social care “huge moment in NHS history”

Health funding transfer to social care to treble in 2015-16

Andy Burnham

Relegate CCGs to advisory role, says Burnham

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.

Burnham backs central planning

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.

Michael White

Michael White: Let go of 'command and control'

Jeremy Hunt can’t stop interfering in the health service

Guardian political columnist Michael White

Oldham is a holistic man with a holistic remedy for whole person care

The obvious choice for Andy Burnham’s report

Mike Birtwistle

Hunt and Burnham are failing to tell their NHS story

Both are being restrained in the run-up to election

Michael White

Michael White: Coalition and Labour all play the blame game

Just who is at fault for the emergency department staffing crisis?

Michael White

Hunt vs Burnham: Care Bill grudge match

Commons debate is one of the rowdiest for a long time

Michael White

Michael White: Reaction to response is cause for dismay

Francis report still has the power to shock

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