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Burnham urges Lib Dems to oppose Tory reforms

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary and Labour leadership contender, reached out to Liberal Democrats to call for a public debate over the coalition’s NHS reforms.

“Changes are being forced on the NHS with no consultation, no piloting and no evidence,” he wrote in a letter to Lib Dem MPs. “I do not believe that the people who voted for you at the election voted for such a radical break-up plan.”

He warns of a postcode lottery in the NHS where private patients can leapfrog the queue because the Tory health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has dumped Labour’s waiting time targets.

Burnham’s office said it wanted Lib Dems to look again to what was happening to the NHS – and the pitfalls of a policy that was being challenged in the courts.

Read more at The Guardian.

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