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NHS Workforce and Service Development

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:39 pm on 11th October 2006.

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Photo of Kevin Barron Kevin Barron Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 2:39 pm, 11th October 2006

Not just yet.

We could then have had a discussion about the apparent conversion that has taken place in the past six years in terms of the money spent in the national health service, and how services have kept expanding while being paid for out of the public purse and not through private insurance.

I intervened on Mr. Lansley to draw attention to the extraordinary statement by the Leader of the Opposition on Monday, quoted again in the Conservative website news story:

"So my message to the Government is clear: the NHS matters too much to be treated like a political football."

Wonderful stuff, is it not? I also have the Conservative party's NHS campaign pack, which, I understand, is about to appear on its website— [Interruption.] It is not entitled "save the NHS", although I may sign up to one or two things in it, and I am prepared to share a few views about it with hon. Gentlemen. It is to be launched on Saturday by the Conservative party—I presume that it will be the non-political health service football that will be launched. That pack is very good and includes materials that can be purchased for action day, graphics to download and a template press release. All people have to do is take out the italics and put in how awful the NHS is in their part of the country. [Interruption.] Conservative Members who are making noises will find it very difficult to come to my part of the United Kingdom and fill in any type of press release saying that about the NHS there. I challenge them to come and do that on Saturday, although I will be holding a surgery.