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Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

GP appointments 'crisis' criticised

Booking a GP appointment is just as difficult as snaring sought after concert tickets, MPs were told, as Labour warned the NHS is at “breaking point”.

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Labour seeks to mollify reorganisation fears

Labour has sought to reassure clinical commissioning groups that its health reforms would not amount to a top-down ‘big bang’ shake up of the NHS.

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Burnham: I will ‘not mandate’ structural change

EXCLUSIVE: A Labour government would ‘not mandate’ organisational change to drive through its plans for a fully integrated national health and care service, Andy Burnham has told HSJ

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EXCLUSIVE: Burnham outlines new role for Monitor

A Labour government could put Monitor in charge of overseeing the financial sustainability of whole health economies, Andy Burnham has told HSJ

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Burnham wants ‘every hospital to be an integrated care organisation’

Andy Burnham will announce that every hospital would need to become an integrated care organisation if Labour were in government during his address to the party conference tomorrow.

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Burnham: Change will be 10 year journey not a ‘big bang’

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has today unveiled further details of his 10 year plan to merge health and social care

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Labour insists scrapping NHS competition would not require major upheaval

A legal adviser to the Labour Party has rejected claims it would have to ‘dismantle’ the commissioner-provider split in order to remove the effect of EU procurement rules on the NHS.

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Stevens to Burnham: 2006 law ‘prevents NHS tendering ban’

Exclusive: NHS England told the shadow health secretary it could not impose his proposed moratorium on letting health service contracts because of European procurement rules dating back to 2006

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Burnham pledges no more 'rabbit from the hat' NHS policy shifts

Politicians should never again surprise the public with election time policy shifts on the NHS, the shadow health secretary has said

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CSU independence plan put on hold

NHS England has paused a project that would enable its commissioning support units to become independent in just over two years.

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Morecambe Bay inquiry has investigated more than 200 deaths

More than 200 deaths of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust have been investigated by an independent inquiry.

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NHS will not be excluded from US trade deal

A controversial proposed trade treaty between Europe and the US will not negatively impact the NHS or give US health companies new ways of legally challenging health service procurement processes, a government minister has insisted.  

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Scottish health chief backs yes vote

The chair of NHS Orkney has said he will back independence to protect the health service.

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Waiting list breaches 3 million

More than 3.2 million patients were awaiting treatment on the NHS, according to the latest figures for June.

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Burnham: Prime minister 'misleading public over NHS'

Andy Burnham to say that David Cameron was ‘not up front’ about his intentions for reform during the 2010 election campaign

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Around 180 CCGs bid for primary care co-commissioning

Bids to co-commission primary care have been submitted by around 180 of England’s 211 clinical commissioning groups, HSJ can reveal.

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Burnham tackles reorganisation fear over Labour plans

Concern that Labour’s plans for integrated care would necessitate another NHS reorganisation will be tackled by shadow health secretary during the key note session at next week’s Commissioning Show.

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Private sector debate is 'utterly toxic', says Hunt

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the debate over the use of private providers in the NHS is “utterly toxic”, and that poor care is still unacceptable regardless of how it is provided.

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Political consensus grows on merging health and social care budgets

A political consensus is emerging in support of pooling all NHS and social care funding, with the idea now openly backed by both the shadow health secretary and his Liberal Democrat counterpart.

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Burnham: Mid Staffs is being used to drive privatisation

The government is using the Mid Staffordshire scandal to soften up the NHS for privatisation, the shadow health secretary has said

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