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Lansley criticises Labour's management of NHS

6th October 2010

In a speech to the Conservative Party conference, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has slammed the previous Labour government's "dreadful NHS legacy".

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Speaking in Birmingham, Mr Lansley said the government would ensure increased spending to support the health service and added that the "sick will not have to pay for Labour's debt crisis."

He said that his plans for reforms within the NHS would not be driven off track by the concerns of Unison, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing.

Mr Lansley said he had acted quickly to publish his vision for change in the NHS by publishing his review within two months of being appointed Health Secretary, and drew a comparison to Labour, which took three years.

Mr Lansley's white paper, which came out in July, revealed plans to give GPs more responsibility by transferring the running of the NHS from local management.

The paper said pilot projects should begin by the end of the financial year and it should be completely rolled out by 2013.

Unions have said they are concerned that abolishing 10 strategic health authorities and 151 primary care trusts may have an impact on the savings the health service has been asked to perform.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said the plans were a massive risk. He added: "It is a disgrace that Lansley is pressing ahead with his plans."

"Although he says he wants to put patients in the driving seat, these are just warm words. Lansley has not asked the public what they think, nor were these proposals in the Tory manifesto - nobody voted for them."

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