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.
Labour is calling on peers to reject controversial secondary legislation governing competition and the tendering of NHS services.
Hospital accident and emergency departments are overstretched and understaffed with patients forced to wait in ambulances just to gain admission, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said the NHS Commissioning Board “couldn’t carry on” in its current form under his proposals to reshape health and social care.
The vast majority of NHS funding would be handed to councils under radical proposals being developed by the shadow health secretary.
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The government is to announce reforms to social care funding as a key part of its mid-term coalition relaunch this afternoon.
Labour has called on the government to provide “a bit of accountability and a bit of honesty” as it accused the coalition of presiding over a “cut” in NHS spending during its term in office.
MPs are due to debate the threat of regional pay to the NHS and the actions of the South West “pay cartel” this week, in a move designed to spark action from the government.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has promised to repeal the controversial Health Act should Labour win the next election, scheduled for 2015.
Some NHS hospitals are planning to use new freedoms granted them by the coalition government to double the number of patients they treat privately this year, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has warned.
Numbers of nurses working in the NHS fell again in June, according to the latest workforce statistics.
Patients are being forced to wait for as long as three weeks to see their GP after practices have reduced their evening and weekend appointments, Labour said.
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