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Jun

Burnham: NHS already lost


Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has told a healthcare publication that the NHS is already ‘lost’ and any further efforts towards privatisation would make the health service ‘irretrievable’.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has told a healthcare publication that the NHS is already ‘lost’ and any further efforts towards privatisation would make the health service ‘irretrievable’.

Burnham told the Pulse – a publication that is in no way associated with the HefmA Pulse – that the Health and Social Care Act is largely to blame for the NSH fallingapart and it is possible that in another five years there will be nothing left to save.

‘The more time goes on, the more irretrievable the situation becomes – the more contracts are signed, the more services that are privatised, the harder it becomes for me to bring it back. It doesn’t happen overnight. The Bill has put in place the conditions that can accelerate this process,” he said.
He also said that there may need to be a change of course in GP training to include the ‘whole needs’ of patients – both medical and mental, as the vast majority of the current focus was on medical treatment only.

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