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Help us factcheck the debate over NHS reform

20th June 2011

With the Government setting out its response to the 'listening exercise' on the proposed reforms to the NHS, moves to take the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament will soon resume.

The pause in the legislative process has not quelled the controversy over the proposals judging by the feisty Commons atmosphere as the Health Secretary made a statement this afternoon.

The competing claims about costs, care, and competition in the NHS will require close scrutiny if the debate over the reforms continues.

So Full Fact has begun work on a campaign to keep this important debate grounded in the evidence. Through our dedicated NHS reform page, you will be able to keep up-to-date with all our work on the claims that have dominated the debate so far.

Because the Government has said it intends to make changes to the Bill, to date we have limited ourselves to the background topics, rather than claims about what the Bill will or won't do.
 
But as details of how Ministers intend to proceed emerge we will expand the topics covered and the number of claims assessed.

Since so much has and will be said on the issue, we are asking readers to suggest factchecks for us to cover to make the page not only a useful resource for understanding the proposals put forward in the bill, but a guide to the veracity of the multitude of claims made defending or attacking the reforms.

Click here to check out the factchecks we have done so far.

If you want to see a particular claim factchecked, either email us, tweet, or leave a message on our Facebook page.

 

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