The Government must come clean about the damage this Bill will do to the NHS and publish the risk register - Miliband & Burnham

19 March 2012

ed milibandEd Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking after it was announced there would be an Emergency Debate on the NHS in the House of Commons on Tuesday, said:

"The Government is ramming the NHS Bill through Parliament without proper consideration of what has happened in the Lords and without coming clean about the consequences of the Bill.

“That is why Labour has forced this Emergency Debate.

“The reason David Cameron and Andrew Lansley are hiding the risk register is because they know what doctors, nurses and others have been warning about is true: this Bill poses great risks to our NHS.

“In the debate tomorrow, the Government must come clean about the damage this Bill will do to the NHS and publish the risk register.

“If they persist in piling secrecy on top of broken promises, the public will be in no doubt that they want to hide the truth.

“And nobody can ever trust them again on our NHS."

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, added:

"Tomorrow's debate will show the weight of feeling in the country. People care passionately about the NHS and they have a right to know the full implications of the Government's proposed reorganisation. This Government is insulting Parliament by expecting it to support these plans whilst withholding information that could change the way MPs vote.

"Labour has argued from the outset that the Government made a catastrophic error of judgement in choosing to reorganise the NHS at this time of unprecedented financial pressure. This register deals with the very real and predictable risks arising from the Government's own decision to plough on with this Bill."

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