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[Un-alloted Half Day] — Future of the NHS

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:07 pm on 9th May 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health 4:07 pm, 9th May 2011

That is complete nonsense. This is not about me: it is about what the staff of the NHS want. They want the ability to be able to deliver care for patients without being told what to do by the top-down bureaucracy and targets of the Labour Government. They want the ability to deliver the care that patients need, to join up health and social care and to integrate the pathways of care. Our Bill is about giving them the structure that will allow them to do that. They want every penny that we as taxpayers provide to the NHS to get into the hands of front-line staff, and for the absolute minimum to go in waste and inefficiency. That is what they want, and that is not about me, it is about them.

A stronger NHS will require change, so that it no longer spends £5 billion a year on bureaucracy.