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British MPs Dismiss Labour NHS Concerns

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TEHRAN, May 10 (ICANA) – British parliamentarians have voted down a Labour motion that highlighted growing concerns over the government's plan to reform National Health System (NHS).
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:57:34 PM
British MPs Dismiss Labour NHS Concerns

The motion, which noticed the government's handling of the plan to give greater power and control over funding to family doctors, was defeated by 284 votes to 231, majority 53, the Daily Telegraph reported.

By this vote, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley manages to see off a Labour attack on his controversial NHS reforms in the Commons.

Lansley promised that significant changes would be made to the legislation implementing the reforms as he addressed a raucous House of Commons.

He insisted the Health and Social Care Bill would not allow private companies to ''cherry-pick'' the NHS's most profitable services.

He told MPs that while the government had an electoral mandate for its reforms, the Bill would only implement changes, which were best for patients.

''Let me be clear, there will be substantive changes to the Bill in order to deliver improvements for patients, but there is only one issue for me: will it deliver better care for patients?”, said Lansley.

''That is why we are going to pursue NHS modernization; that is why we will stick to our principles. It is equally why we are listening to improve the Bill. That is what the coalition government is committed to do'', he said.

The reforms have also added to tensions between the Tories and their junior Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg insisted at the weekend he would not allow through changes in the Health Bill unless he was personally satisfied that they would not result in a "disruptive revolution".

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