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John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Earl Howe’s comments that the reorganisation of the NHS presents "huge opportunities" to the private sector, said:

"Time and time again, David Cameron has tried to claim that his reckless reorganisation is not about privatising the NHS - but now his own health minister has exposed the true purpose of the Tories NHS plans, saying that the reorganisation presents 'huge opportunities' for the private sector.

"This confirms what doctors, nurses, health professionals, patients’ groups and Labour have all warned – the Tories' NHS plans will fragment our health service by placing competition ahead of patient care.

"David Cameron is undermining the NHS with an incompetent and bureaucratic reorganisation which puts profit before patients."

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