Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, has today written to Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Health, challenging him to confirm whether he still wishes to replace the NHS with an insurance system.
The publication, ‘Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party’, co-authored by Jeremy Hunt sets out plans to “breakdown the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the provision of healthcare” where “the poor and unemployed would have their contributions supplemented or paid for by the state”.
The controversial plans have similarities to recent Government legislation and set out an even more worrying possible direction of travel opening up under the leadership of Jeremy Hunt.
Andy Burnham MP said:
“The N in NHS is now under sustained attack from this Government - it is being “de-nationalised” in the way Jeremy Hunt proposed.
“Never has an incoming Secretary of State made such overt statements about replacing the NHS with an insurance system. His obvious lack of belief in what the NHS stands for will be a huge worry to patients and staff. They have a right to know whether he stands by his earlier remarks.”
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