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Labour and the Conservatives have both welcomed the five-year plan unveiled today for the National Health Service, while attacking each other’s policies on healthcare. This morning, six national bodies called for major reform of service... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said he was "ready to accept" the "challenges" laid out in a report on the NHS. "It’s a good report, and to be honest it’s a fair challenge to all of the political parties, its calling for more money, it’s calling for big ch... Continue to article
The English health system is being put under pressure by Welsh patients travelling across the border to access services, the Health Secretary has said. During Health Questions today, Jeremy Hunt told the Commons: “As far as this sid... Continue to article
Andy Burnham ruled out standing for the Labour leadership. "I rule it out... No, I am [a] Labour loyalist to my core. I am loyal to the leader, and the leader of our party, Ed Miliband, has said, the NHS will be his big priority going to... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said: "If this is designed to bring patients and NHS workers back on side, then it won't work and will only make them more furious. "David Cameron's re-o... Continue to article
Andy Burnham hit out at the "media script" around the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections. "I know the media script at the moment is to proclaim everything a disaster for Labour... it's the way the media is operating at the mo... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said: "The public and airport staff want to know that the Government is doing everything it can to prevent this terrible disease from reaching the UK. Mini... Continue to article
Andy Burnham has pledged to bring social care into the NHS. In his address to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Shadow Health Secretary signalled a shift towards free end-of-life care, and said it was "time to complete Nye B... Continue to article
It’s great to be at Labour Party Conference in Manchester. A fantastic city. A city with a great Labour council leading the way. It’s here four years ago here that I won the leadership of this great party. We meet at Conference in seriou... Continue to article
Andy Burnham was asked whether Labour would support UK airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat IS. “Well, Ed said today, didn’t he, that we will support the action that’s being taken by our partners? Anybody who went through the deba... Continue to article
Caroline Flint said Ed Miliband would be outlining major plans for reform in his conference speech today. “They’re big proposals because we need big changes in our country to make sure that we can support people through difficult times s... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
The Prime Minister has steered clear of the ice bucket challenge, but is the net now closing in on Ed Miliband? Labour MP Stephen Twigg filmed himself being doused in ice cold water last week, and nominated his fellow Merseyside MPs Luci...
Ed Balls said Andy Burnham's death tax idea was discussed a few years ago but insisted it was not a Labour policy. "It's not the policy of the Labour party to have a tax on death. We had our national policy forum a couple of weeks ago in... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Conservatives had taken the NHS into “new territory”. “What we’ve seen is a very big change towards forced tendering of services and it’s now taking the NHS into new territory. We’re seeing large contracts being off... Continue to article
Unite press release Unite, Britain’s biggest union, says the government’s health act is a disaster for the NHS. Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham’s speech calling for a moratorium on privatisation is firmly in-step with publ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused the Government of putting the NHS up for sale without permission from the public or GPs. "This is the crux, the Government said when they brought forward this re-organisation that GPs would decide, but that is not ho... Continue to article
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.
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 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”.
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 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.
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.
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