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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

It was also a period during which complaints to the NHS reached their highest ever levels. If we ask the public who they think are best placed to design the services patients need, we will find that the answer is their general practitioners, hospital doctors and nurses, not politicians on either the Government or the Opposition Benches. This is about doctors and nurses being in charge, not politicians.

It took this Government to focus on cancer outcomes. It took this Government to provide the drugs patients need through the cancer drugs fund. Under Labour, patients went without new cancer medicines that patients in every other European country were getting access to. It is this Government who are investing in more diagnostic equipment, and more screening and early diagnosis, so that we get better outcomes.