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Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

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.

Simon Stevens

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

Andy Burnham

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

clinical leadership, communication, agreement, healthboard, merge

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.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

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.

European Parliament

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.  

Scottish flag

Scottish health chief backs yes vote

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

Waiting room

Waiting list breaches 3 million

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

Andy Burnham

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

Walk in centre

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.

Andy Burnham

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.

Jeremy Hunt

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.

Andy Burnham

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.

Andy Burnham

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

Health secretary Andy Burnham

Four things we learnt at Confed

The main themes that emerged from the NHS Confederation annual conference

Andy Burnham

Better care fund gives integration a 'bad name', says Burnham

The government’s better care fund is in danger of giving “integration a bad name” and of tipping the NHS over a financial cliff next year, Andy Burnham has said

Debbie Abrahams

Exclusive: Labour inquiry finds 'evidence' for repealing Health Act

An inquiry chaired by an influential Labour MP has concluded that markets in healthcare increase inequalities and that the Health Act 2012 should be repealed.

Andy Burnham

Burnham: Health Act brings NHS under ‘full glare’ of competition rules

Andy Burnham believes repealing the Health Act 2012 would insulate the NHS from the effect of EU procurement and competition law, he has told HSJ.

Health secretary Andy Burnham

Burnham: CCGs should not commission primary care

Labour has criticised NHS England’s plan to give clinical commissioning groups a role in commissioning primary care.

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.

Michael White

The NHS is a campaigning tool on both sides of the border

The service is a key topic in Scotland and England

Michael White

Michael White: What the Scottish vote means for the NHS

Yes/no vote affects the whole UK system

Alastair McLellan

Burnham's politics will have an instant impact on CCGs' policy

His speech will impact on local decisions


Burnham's intervention panders to exaggerated fears

Labour man calls for a ‘proper NHS debate’

Michael White

Michael White: Stephen Dorrell's exit is a puzzle

Who will take the Tory grandee’s place as health committee chair?

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