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May 27, 2011
The health bill will “unleash a beast which can’t be controlled or put back in its cage”, according to shadow health minister John Healey.

The health bill will "unleash a beast which can't be controlled or put back in its cage", according to shadow health minister John Healey.

February 16, 2011
A Tory MP has warned Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, that he risks 'losing the profession' over plans to reform the NHS

A Tory MP has warned Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, that he risks 'losing the profession' over plans to reform the NHS.

Sarah Wollaston, a former GP, claims she was told she could only take part in committee discussions of the new health bill if she always voted with the government and did not attempt to table amendments.

February 2, 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted there is "risk" attached to his radical NHS reform plans, but believes change is essential to provide better standards for patients.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted there is "risk" attached to his radical NHS reform plans, but believes change is essential to provide better standards for patients.

However there would be a "greater risk" if the health service was not revolutionised, Mr Lansley insisted.

Under the Health and Social Care Bill, the majority of the NHS budget will pass to GPs who will have responsibility for commissioning services for patients.

February 2, 2011
The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The poll highlights how many GPs are unconvinced that patient care will improve under the plans, which will see them take responsibility for around £80 billion of NHS funds.

February 1, 2011
A new poll has revealed that only around a quarter of people are in favour of GPs using private firms to offer NHS services - one of the key sections of the Government's health reforms.

A new poll has revealed that only around a quarter of people are in favour of GPs using private firms to offer NHS services - one of the key sections of the Government's health reforms.

Around half - including 56% of Liberal Democrat voters - were opposed to the plans, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 adults for public sector union Unison.

The results were timed to coincide with the second reading of the Health and Social Care Bill, which seems certain to draw strong criticism from unions.

January 29, 2011
Death rates from cancer are falling in the UK, despite the health secretary's claims that the NHS needs reform to tackle such health issues.

Death rates from cancer are falling in the UK, despite the health secretary's claims that the NHS needs reform to tackle such health issues.

John Appleby, chief economist at the King's Fund think tank, claims that between 1980 and 2006, the UK saw the largest fall in death rates from heart attacks.