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

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 5:12 pm on 9th May 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South 5:12 pm, 9th May 2011

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend.

We were told by Sir David Nicolson that very little work has been done on what will happen in 2013-14. Just for the record, the UK had the second-lowest debt in the G7 in 2007-08, before the global financial crisis. Which Government are out of control with their spending?

Finally, there are many unanswered questions. I have tried to obtain the legal advice on whether EU competition law applies to the provisions of the Bill from the Secretary of State, but apparently, it is in the public interest not to disclose that to the public. However, in a recent article in the British Medical Journal, Rupert Dunbar-Rees, a GP, and Robert McGough, a solicitor, say that

“the technical argument reinforces the logical argument that the reforms further open up the NHS to EU competition law.”

Who will account for the training of doctors, and indeed health care professionals? That cannot be left at a local level. In A and E, an increased percentage of patients wait more than four hours, the maternity service in Maidstone has been closed despite GP opposition