• Labour want to repeal Health Act

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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An inquiry by an influential Labour policy group has concluded that markets in healthcare increase inequalities and that the Health Act 2012 should be repealed.

The review by the Parliamentary Labour Party health committee was chaired by Debbie Abrahams, who is the parliamentary private secretary to shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.

The work, which compared international health systems, will be used as platform for Labour to further develop its health policy in the run up to next year’s general election. Ms Abrahams, a public health expert and former chair of NHS organisations, told the Health Services Journal (HSJ) in an interview that the inquiry provided “concrete evidence” that the Health Act 2012 needed to be repealed.

The final report, called An Inquiry Into The Effectiveness Of International Health Systems, concluded that competition can “impede quality, including increasing hospitalisation rates and mortality”.

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