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May 24, 2012
The Health Secretary tells GP Business why he's happy to live with all of the criticism.

When the time came to give his first trade interview, following the passing of the health Bill, Andrew Lansley decided that there was only one publication to do it with.

Of course, there was plenty to discuss when the Health Secretary caught up with GP Business Editor-in-chief, Victoria Vaughan - and we'll be bringing you the best bits from the interview over two parts this week.

April 23, 2012
Baroness Shirley Williams hits out at Andrew Lansley’s Health Bill amendment claim.

Lib Dem peer Baroness Shirley Williams has hotly contested Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s claim that none of the almost 2,000 amendments made to his controversial Health Bill changed the legislation’s ‘fundamental principles’ at all.

Bns Williams, who was influential in securing a number of amendments to the legislation – said there is “no doubt it is a different bill” than the one originally published in June 2010.

March 14, 2012
Health Minister Paul Burstow hinted at the possibility of a further government appeal

The government has refused to publish its transitional risk register on its proposed Health Bill until it has seen a detailed explanation of the reasons behind the decision to make the document publicly available.

While the Information Tribunal upheld the government's appeal on the publication of its strategic risk register on 9 March, it ordered the release of the proposed health reforms' transitional risk register.

March 13, 2012
Dr Laurence Buckman, Chair of the BMA's GPC described the letter as “odd”

The Chair of the RCGP has voiced her surprise at the reaction to a letter submitted to Prime Minister David Cameron offering to "work together" to implement government health reforms.

Dr Clare Gerada's letter, dated 6 March, has been widely reported as evidence of her 'backpedaling' over the college's public opposition to the controversial Health Bill.

It calls for greater RCGP involvement in discussions concerning the implementation of the bill.

March 7, 2012
The government has introduced further amendments to its Health and Social Care Bill to calm rebelling Lib Dem MPs

 

The government has introduced further amendments to its Health and Social Care Bill to calm rebelling Lib Dem MPs.

October 13, 2011
The House of Lords has rejected two motions to scrap and place parts of the Health Bill in a Select Committee for intense scrutiny

The House of Lords has rejected two motions to scrap and place parts of the Health Bill in a Select Committee for intense scrutiny.

Crossbenchers Lord Owen/Lord Hennessey's proposed "delaying" amendment for the creation of a Select Committee was rejected by a margin of 68 votes (330 to 262).

The defeat comes after the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Royall pledged the bill would come out of committee by mid-Jan, thereby not "upsetting" the planned timetable of the reforms.

October 13, 2011
The Prime Minister was wrong to claim health workers support the government’s health reforms, experts have claimed

The Prime Minister was wrong to claim health workers support the government's health reforms, experts have claimed.

A letter to the House of Lords from over 400 health doctors, specialists and academics warned they fear the Health and Social Care Bill will do "irreparable harm to the NHS, to individual patients and to society as a whole," and will "erode the NHS's ethical and co-operative foundations."

October 12, 2011
Nearly three-quarters of the members of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) either 'strongly agree' or 'agree' with the view the Health Bill should be withdrawn

Nearly three-quarters of the members of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) either 'strongly agree' or 'agree' with the view the Health Bill should be withdrawn.

In the third survey of its kind in assessing RCGP members' views on the Health Bill, 93% of respondents said they do not feel reassured by the government's response.

Over 90% also claimed their support for the reforms remained either unchanged (63.5%) or had decreased  (29.2%).

October 11, 2011
Labour will work with the government to reform NHS commissioning but only if the Health Bill is scrapped

Labour will work with the government to reform NHS commissioning but only if the Health Bill is scrapped.

The new Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has written to the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley, warning the NHS is now in the "danger zone" as he has "failed to build a consensus around his plans".

Burnham said it is time to "stop digging" and "change course" if patient care is to be protected.