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Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for Health 5:18 pm, 3rd July 2007

Sadly, I do not have time to go into that subject at the moment, but I assure the hon. Lady that she will have opportunities to raise it in future.

PCTs need to work with their GPs to devolve decision making and ensure that practice-based commissioning transforms services for patients. The NHS now looks very different from the way that it looked 10 years ago. [Hon. Members: "Or 10 months ago."] Very different from 10 months ago—very different indeed. Like many in the country, I do not believe that the Conservatives' conversion to the principles of the NHS are credible. I think that my hon. Friend Mr. Davies put it very well recently in his letter to the Leader of the Opposition. Only last month, the Cornerstone group of Tory Members of Parliament published a paper that called for the abolition of a tax-funded national health service. Of course, the party voted against extra investment in health. Its policy of sharing the proceeds of growth means that £21 billion less would be spent on public services this year.

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