A deeply depressing day for the NHS, says TUC

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date: 12 October 2011

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Commenting on the failure today (Wednesday) of the Owen-Hennessy amendment that would have subjected the most controversial parts of the Health and Social Care Bill to the scrutiny of a Special Select Committee, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Today is a deeply depressing day for the NHS but under our 'All Together for the NHS' campaign we will continue to work with all the NHS unions, royal colleges and professional associations to highlight the devastating impact these proposals could have on our NHS.

'The government should be listening to the concerns of the people that know the NHS best - the staff that work in the health service. They fear that the Bill will lead to increased competition and the extension of markets within the health service to the detriment of patient care, where people without the means to pay are pushed to the back of ever-growing waiting lists.

'And let's not forget these huge changes come at a time when the NHS is already being asked to find £20bn of efficiency savings and risks losing over 50,000 NHS jobs.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E: media@tuc.org.uk
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Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E: egibson@tuc.org.uk

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