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Alan Milburn argued Jeremy Hunt's criticism of the Labour-negotiated GP contract was a tactic to deflect attention from current difficulties in the health service. “I think it is a classic smoke and mirrors operation by a health secretar... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and South Korean president Park Geun-hye meet in London Home secretary Theresa May is expected to make an announcement on visas Health secretary Jeremy Hunt attends the launch of the All-Party Parliamenta... Continue to article
Environment secretary Own Paterson speaks at a Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce event on the role of civil society in achieving the government’s objectives for Department for Environment, Food and Rural... Continue to article
Stephen Dorrell said the Government’s plans to restrict the deferred payment scheme for care patients did not tally with its own policy commitment to offer a “universal” programme. “I absolutely do not think that they should drop the ide... Continue to article
Daniel Kawczynski said it was not unreasobale for Polish people living in the UK to support England in football matches ahead of tonight's world cup qualifier between England and Poland. "I think that when you live in England, no matter ... Continue to article
Stephen Dorrell said openness should be "routine" in the NHS. "The problem in Stafford was that the culture was completely wrong; decisions were taken in secret for which there was no accountability, there wasn't a culture in the organis... Continue to article
Health Committee Select Committee press release Discussion of the Francis Report on Mid Staffordshire Trust has tended to focus on the need for candour when things go wrong, but this is only part of the story, according to the Health Com... Continue to article
Patient care in the NHS is suffering because the implications of giving nurses degree-level training haven't been "fully thought through", according to Heatlth Select Committee chair Stephen Dorrell. Mr Dorrell said not enough attention had been paid to the question of “who does the basic care” which more highly qualified nurses often no longer carry out.
Andrew Lansley will attend the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) congress next week to listen to nurses’ concerns over the Government’s health plans, PoliticsHome can reveal.
The RCN has confirmed that although the Health Secretary will not be making the keynote speech at the conference, he will take part in a seminar with rank and file staff.
The listening exercise follows the decision by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister this week to “pause, reflect and engage” before going ahead with their controversial Health and Social Care Nill on GP commissioning.
Conservative chair of the Health Select Committee Stephen Dorrell said today that the way new GP consortia would be constituted under the Government's controversial NHS reform agenda "sounds like sofa government".
He told the Financial Times that new NHS commissioners will have budgets bigger than any council. “Would we contemplate district councils meeting in private without public access to papers and proper minutes and declarations of interest? Of course not. It is self-evident that there has to be proper governance.”
Chairman of the Commons health committee, Stephen Dorrell has said that vulnerable elderly people are being unfairly forced to pay for health care. Meanwhile, over 40 care homes and agencies have been shut down after action from the Care Quality Commission.
MPs have accused the Care Quality Commission of a “distortion of priorities” which saw the number of drop-in inspections fall by 70%. The report by the Health Select Committee said that the CQC faced unrealistic expectations, but chairman of the Committee Stephen Dorrell said the regulator had taken its “eye off the ball”.
The former Conservative health secretary and current chair of the health secretary Stephen Dorrell has criticised government plans to ring-fence spending on the NHS. Mr Dorrell said that ring-fencing health would mean that other areas would face deeper cuts, which would lead to greater strain on the NHS.
15/11/2013 on The World At One, BBC Radio 4
15/10/2013 on BBC News
18/09/2013 on Health Committee Select Committee
20/07/2013 on The Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4
17/07/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
21/06/2013 on BBC News
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11/12/2013 on Channel 4 News
11/12/2013 on PM, BBC Radio 4
11/12/2013 on Boulton & Co, Sky News
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