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Labour declares war on NHS reforms

Labour MP Andy Burnham has announced that his party will scrap the Government's reforms to the NHS if it wins the next general election, the UK Press Association (UKPA) reports.

Burnham, who said that ministers are "in denial" about the impact of the reforms, also ruled out a further "top down reorganisation" of the health service.

He said the changes had to be repealed because they undermined the NHS and opened the door to privatisation.

Opening an Opposition Day debate on the NHS, Burnham said: "We will repeal the Bill, it is a defective, sub-optimal piece of legislation that is saddling the NHS with a complicated mess.

"In those circumstances, it would be irresponsible to leave it in place.

"The gap between ministers' complacent statements and people's real experience of the NHS gets wider every week. They are in denial about the effects of their reorganisation in the real world, it is dangerous complacency and it can't be allowed to continue."