National Health Service

Part of Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 2:15 pm, 21st January 2015

Privatisation is one of the most pernicious fears that Labour is seeking to stoke up—not least because, as Secretary of State, the right hon. Member for Leigh allowed the decision to go through that Hinchingbrooke hospital should be run by the private sector. He has been running away from that decision faster than anything that anyone has seen before, because he is still trying to curry favour with the unions.

The companies on the shortlist for Hinchingbrooke hospital were Circle, Serco and Ramsay Health Care. He could have stopped that as Secretary of State, but he did not. He knows—[Interruption.] Those were the three bidders for the private sector-led bids. He could have stopped that process when he was Secretary of State, but he chose not to. That makes my point very well.