Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Government’s proposals to integrate health and social care services, said:
“If the Government really wants to achieve the integration of health and social care, David Cameron needs to repeal last year's NHS Act and stop the drive to competition and privatisation across the health service.
“The Act makes it far more difficult to achieve integration. By mandating the compulsory competitive tendering of health services, we will see more and more fragmentation occurring as services are privatised and lost to the NHS.
“I’m pleased that Care Minister Norman Lamb is now talking my language about the integration of health and social care, but I fear he is just talking the talk.”