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Cameron outlines NHS plans

3rd January 2008

Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his party’s plans for the NHS.


He said the Tories now have the chance to replace Labour as “the party of the NHS? and in a speech to mark the 60th year of the NHS, he pledged to “work tirelessly? in 2008 to achieve that.

Among his plans were proposals to fine hospitals for each individual case of a superbug infection rather than for missing targets on MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

He proposed that patients should own their own NHS records or they be kept by their GP, describing the government’s plans for a centralised NHS database as potentially dangerous.

Mr Cameron was speaking after a visiting Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, the first to be opened as part of the newly-created NHS in 1948, and followed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s announcement to press ahead with his intention for an NHS Constitution.

Mr Cameron said: “In this, the NHS’s 60th year, the Conservative Party has an historic opportunity - to replace Labour as the party of the NHS. That’s quite an aspiration but I believe it is our duty to live up to it.?

He said Labour had badly mismanaged the NHS but a Conservative administration would “properly establish the NHS as an institution?.

Mr Cameron also vowed to defend the NHS and shelve his party’s previous proposal to subsidise patients to go private.

Of the NHS, he said: “It’s an institution which embodies, in its very bricks and mortar, in its people, in its services, something which is great about Britain.?


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