National Health Service

Part of Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:33 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1:33 pm, 21st January 2015

I have said that the market was let in too far, and, as Health Secretary in 2009, I changed policy away from what was a version of “any willing” or “any qualified” provider to “NHS preferred provider” and I stand by that. I agree with the hon. Lady that the market is simply not the answer to 21st-century health and care. When the Prime Minister stood at the Dispatch Box about an hour or so ago and said no privatisation on his watch, he was not being straight with the public. Services across the country are being put out to open tender and then transferred to the private sector. That is the Government’s record and the people of this country know it.