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Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the 'Tough Times, Tough Choices' report from the NHS Confederation, said:

"This report is right to highlight the falling confidence in the NHS under this Government.

"David Cameron’s reckless NHS re-organisation at a time of unprecedented financial constraint allowed eyes to be taken off the ball. Rather than focusing on maintaining care standards and meeting the efficiency challenge, Ministers obsessed over back-office structures.

"Long-term efficiency savings are not being made. Instead, the NHS is cutting the 'low hanging fruit', such as staffing, with serious consequences for patient care. The Government should take heed of this advice from the NHS Confederation.

"The report reinforces the idea that the future of the NHS demands the integration of services around the patient, but the Government's decision to marketise the NHS is fragmenting care.

"Labour believes we can get better value for money from the £120bn we currently spend on the NHS and social care. Labour's 'whole person care' policy review on integrating services is looking at how to deliver joined up care to improve the patient's experience."

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