TUC welcomes Health Secretary's commitment to NHS

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iadate: 17 September 2009

embargo: For immediate release

Commenting on proposals for community health reform announced today (Thursday) by Health Secretary Andy Burnham, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'The TUC welcomes the Government's commitment to the NHS as the preferred provider of community health services. This will provide much-needed confidence to both patients and staff.

'The emphasis the Health Secretary gave to patient-centred care is also encouraging, promising a sharper focus on patient and staff satisfaction. Quality must always be at the heart of what the NHS does and should never be compromised by the pursuit of budget savings.'

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