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Andy Burnham, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said on the NHS future funding gap:

"This Government made a monumental mistake when it distracted the NHS with a huge top-down re-organisation when what it needed instead was to focus all its energy on saving money.

"The result has been three wasted years in the NHS where staff haven’t been allowed to focus on making the service changes we need. To make matters worse, at least £3 billion has been wasted in the process.

"David Cameron must be held responsible for failing to get ahead of this future funding gap.

"Today's reports reinforce the idea that the future demands the integration of services. Labour is looking at merging the NHS and social care into one system to get better value for the money we spend on health and care."

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