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John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, in a speech to UNISON health conference dismissed David Cameron’s ‘pause’ in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill as a PR stunt(April 6th)

John Healey said in his speech:


"The Health Secretary was forced to the House of Commons yesterday, where he said he would now "pause, listen and engage" on the Tories' NHS plans. Andrew Lansley has not been listening for nine months. The test now is whether David Cameron will recognise the very wide concerns, and respond with radical surgery to the Health Bill.

"They failed to listen to concerns in 6000 responses to consultation. They failed to listen to the same concerns in rejecting over 100 Labour amendments to the Bill. So the 'pause' looks suspiciously like a PR stunt to quell the coalition of criticism.

"Andrew Lansley will look to turn this Tory pause into a positive for David Cameron. Labour will encourage patients, staff and the public to raise their voices and challenge the changes wherever and whenever the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Health Secretary go through the motions of 'listening' in the weeks ahead."


Source: Labour

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Written by Scott Buckler   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:19
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:23


0 #1 Frank Kenward,
I believe the reason for pause is a means to fully under-
stand the implications associated with it via accepting the considerations of other people. It is with deep regret this opportunity to consider the views of others was NOT given prior to the war with Iraq, or in the many other actions associated with the Labour party's secretive ways of government. Perhaps with the 'younger' element of the Labour Party now in opposition, they may take note that involvement, openess and honesty are essential for the stability of government. Do I agree with the cutting of services? I certainly do NOT. However, if the previous government had not left the mess we now find ourselves in, we would not be where we are now!


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