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John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the BMA passing a motion which repeated their call for the Health and Social Care Bill to be withdrawn, said:

"It is no wonder the BMA has maintained its opposition to David Cameron’s NHS Bill. From the outset, the Tory-led Government has misjudged and mishandled its plans for the biggest reorganisation in the history of the NHS.

“The last year has been a wasted year for the NHS, characterised by Government chaos, confusion and incompetence. David Cameron’s 'reorganisation' of his NHS reorganisation following the ‘pause’ was a political fix, not a proper plan for improving patient care or for a better more efficient NHS. 

“The Government say they have listened but their announcements and amendments after the ‘pause’ show they have learned little."


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