Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, in response to two investigations by the British Medical Journal:
- On a third of NHS contracts awarded to the private sector, said:
“These figures blow apart Jeremy Hunt’s claim that ‘NHS privatisation isn’t happening’. It is happening and it is happening on his watch.
“This is because contracts are being forced out onto the open market by David Cameron’s Health Act. Labour believes in protecting the public NHS and will repeal the rules that are fragmenting and privatising it.
“The NHS of the future demands more integration. The problem with this Government’s policy is that it’s taking it in the opposite direction, towards more fragmentation.
“These figures show what is at stake at the coming election. David Cameron’s Government is stealthily hiving off NHS services without the permission of the public.”
- On management consultancy spending in the NHS doubling to £640 million since the election,said:
“When David Cameron ignored the pleas to call off their NHS reorganisation, it was inevitable that management consultants would have a field day.
“But this waste is indefensible when patients get can’t the treatments they need and nurses were denied a one per cent pay rise. It shows the Tories can’t be trusted with the NHS.
“Labour opposed the Government’s reorganisation because we knew it would damage the NHS. These figures show that is exactly what has happened.”