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NHS hospitals could see expansion of private care

NHS hospitals will be free to gain up to half their income from private work in a move which risks increased Coalition tensions over health reforms, The Times reports.

Critics have warned that the changes, in which foundation hospitals will have their private patient income cap raised dramatically, could lead to a "two-tier health system".

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham expressed his concern, saying: "This surprise move, sneaked out just before Christmas, is the clearest sign yet of David Cameron's determination to turn our precious NHS into a US-style commercial system, where hospitals are more interested in profits than people."

The warning comes as the Telegraph reports that more than 1m people were registered with a GP who served more than 3,000 patients, almost twice the average list size of 1,600.


Burnham: Govt 'burying' cost of NHS reform

The Shadow Health Secretary has said that the Government are "burying" the true cost of NHS reform, claiming that the coalition's plans will cost nearly £3.4 billion. Andy Burnham says that the overhaul will cost £1.69 billion this year and £1.7 billion in 2011/12.


Ed Miliband wins

Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership by 1.3% after a close competition with his brother David. Speaking after Ed's win, David Miliband said "this is Ed's day" and his younger brother said "my relationship with David is excellent and it will remain excellent". The new Labour leader stressed he would "unify" the party and said that "today a new generation has taken charge of Labour". His appointment has already been criticised by Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi, who said it seemed like a “great leap backwards” for the Labour party and “Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions”.


Care reforms could be delayed to 2025

The Government has admitted that parts of planned reforms to the elderly care system may not come into effect before 2025. Andrew Lansley also refused to rule out the possibility of a tax on pensioners to fund the rising costs of care. Andy Burnham hit out at the Government for the delay on reforms, saying the problem was “urgent” and “this is not good enough from the Health Secretary”.

Andrew Dilnot, who chaired a review into elderly care, said this morning that such a delay would be "completely unacceptable". He told the BBC's Today programme the Government should act by Easter next year: "I see no official sign that there is any suggestion that a decision will be delayed beyond that, and any such delay would be a betrayal of peoples’ trust."


Four shadow ministers face parliamentary inquiry

Four Labour shadow ministers face a parliamentary inquiry for failing to register potential conflicts of interest. Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liam Byrne are all accused of seeking to amend legislation in favour of trade unions from which they received funding.


Ed Miliband reaches out

The FT reports that Ed Miliband has offered the shadow chancellor job to older brother David, despite their differing views on tackling the deficit, but spokespeople for the new leader have dismissed the reports as "speculative froth". In his first full day as Labour leader, Mr Miliband faced criticism from both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. In an interview for the Andrew Marr show he rejected claims that he is a union stooge, saying that he was "his own man". He dismissed the 'Red Ed' label as "tiresome and rubbish". David Miliband has remained tight-lipped on his future in the shadow cabinet.