Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said in response to David Cameron's statement on integrated health and social care:
"This extraordinary statement from the Prime Minister lays bare the confusion at the heart of his Government's health policy.
"He seems to be in ignorance of the contents of his own beleaguered Health Bill, which removes Ministers' powers to issue top-down orders and breaks the shared boundaries between councils and NHS that are crucial to integration.
"The irony is that truly integrated care would be a reality more quickly if Mr Cameron wasn't subjecting the NHS to the biggest reorganisation in its history.
"His misguided Bill does nothing to promote integrated care. By moving the NHS from a planned system to a full-blown market, and disrupting the established relationships between the NHS and local government, it will set the cause of integration back by ten years.
"When a key priority for this decade should be a drive towards truly integrated health and social care in the patient's home, the Tory-led Government is hacking away at the very structures that could deliver it.
"If the Prime Minister is serious about integrated services, it is time for him to listen to the consensus of professional opinion and the public and drop his unnecessary Bill."