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Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, on today's comments from senior NHS commissioner Dr Michael Dixon on competition in the NHS, said:

"It's getting serious for the Government when a leading advocate for their NHS plans believes doctors have been conned. 

"Thousands of NHS staff at every level have written to newspapers and are signing petitions against these regulations turning the NHS into a full-blown commercial market - they know exactly what it'll mean for the front-line NHS.

"The Government needs to start listening and they should start by withdrawing these regulations without delay. 

"What is now clear is that the medical professions and Parliament have been treated with contempt - the Government is now forcing competition through the back door. People have never given them the permission to put the NHS up for the sale and they need to be forced to remember that."


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