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Ed Balls said Andy Burnham's death tax idea was discussed a few years ago but insisted it was not a Labour policy. "It's not the policy of the Labour party to have a tax on death. We had our national policy forum a couple of weeks ago in... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Conservatives had taken the NHS into “new territory”. “What we’ve seen is a very big change towards forced tendering of services and it’s now taking the NHS into new territory. We’re seeing large contracts being off... Continue to article
Unite press release Unite, Britain’s biggest union, says the government’s health act is a disaster for the NHS. Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham’s speech calling for a moratorium on privatisation is firmly in-step with publ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused the Government of putting the NHS up for sale without permission from the public or GPs. "This is the crux, the Government said when they brought forward this re-organisation that GPs would decide, but that is not ho... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused the Health Secretary of making NHS patients wait until they were in “severe, debilitating pain,” before being considered for hip replacements. During Health Questions the Shadow Health Secretary called on Jere... Continue to article
David Cameron has indicated that the Government is receptive to calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse. The Prime Minister told MPs today that it could be time to draw up such legislation and revealed that ministers were looking a... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused David Cameron of making up figures about the NHS after the Prime Minister's claims about A&E waiting times were questioned this week. "I think the Prime Minsiter was exposed at the despatch box this week, because he ... Continue to article
With the intensive all-party talks less than 48 hours old the Unionist parties all walked out. The reason? The Parades Commission has barred an Orange march from returning along part of the Crumli... Continue to article
Martin McGuineess said unionists were “upping the ante” by walking out of talks at Stormont over a lack of agreement on the route of the Orange Order march. “If everybody within society who wants the peace process to succeed comes togeth... Continue to article
Andy Burnham has said the Government had missed its A&E target for almost a year and warned that there were severe storms ahead for the NHS. "A if there's a problem anywhere in the system in social care or in general practice, in the end... Continue to article
Talks between Northern Ireland's main political parties on contentious issues are set to resume later. Continue to article
Andy Burnham said Labour remained the party of the NHS in spite of a recent poll suggesting the Conservatives had made gains on health. "Labour retains a strong lead on the NHS. I'm not complacent about it. But we are the party of that c... Continue to article
Andy Burnham just pledged to repeal Health & Social Care Bill on the first Queen's speech if Labour are elected. #upc2014
Prime minister David Cameron announces a rail improvements package for Cornwall on a visit to the South West and visits Scotland to discuss the union Labour leader Ed Miliband (10.05), shadow chancellor Ed Balls (09.25), shadow business ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham described the abuses carried out by Jimmy Savile at 28 NHS hospitals over a 50 year period as “the greatest failure of public protection this country has ever seen”. “It’s appalling that a celebrity DJ and a predatory sex of... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Prime Minister had "serious questions" to answer over the Government’s judgement in hiring Andy Coulson as their communications chief. “My first reaction would be to think of the victims of hacking, I mean they suff... Continue to article
The Health Secretary defended new measures to increase transparency in the NHS and criticised the previous Labour government for failing to put patient safety first. Jeremy Hunt said it was a shame that Labour did not support the 'Sign u... Continue to article
Andy Burnham attacked the Government after a leaked tape revealed Health Minister Jane Ellison claiming that the Government “pretty much gave away control” of the NHS through its reorganisation. "I think you’ll remember me coming on your... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield World Cup fever has arrived in Andy Burnham’s office. A whiteboard lists the Shadow Health Team’s sweepstake choices, the wallcharts are scoured and the talk is of ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham warned the NHS was facing an “increasingly difficult financial position” after officials warned of a £2bn shortfall in the health service’s budget. “I think it’s very challenging and the problem is the Government has left th... Continue to article
What characteristics constitute a good leader? Does a politician require Churchillian rhetoric that can inspire a nation, a natural ease that makes people want to join them for a pint, dead-eyed calm and cutting intelligence to make the rig... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS England figures showing that the cancer waiting time target has been missed, said: “David Cameron claimed his NHS re-organisation would i... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to comments by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, said: “Simon Stevens is right to say the NHS has reached a defining moment and that ca... Continue to article
Andy Burnham hit back at Graham Stringer after his attack on the Labour leadership last night. "I think it’s a pretty miserable criticism from Graham Stringer that doesn’t reflect what happened. These were a good set of results for Labou... Continue to article
NHS hospitals will be free to gain up to half their income from private work in a move which risks increased Coalition tensions over health reforms, The Times reports.
Critics have warned that the changes, in which foundation hospitals will have their private patient income cap raised dramatically, could lead to a "two-tier health system".
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham expressed his concern, saying: "This surprise move, sneaked out just before Christmas, is the clearest sign yet of David Cameron's determination to turn our precious NHS into a US-style commercial system, where hospitals are more interested in profits than people."
The warning comes as the Telegraph reports that more than 1m people were registered with a GP who served more than 3,000 patients, almost twice the average list size of 1,600.
The Shadow Health Secretary has said that the Government are "burying" the true cost of NHS reform, claiming that the coalition's plans will cost nearly £3.4 billion. Andy Burnham says that the overhaul will cost £1.69 billion this year and £1.7 billion in 2011/12.
Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership by 1.3% after a close competition with his brother David. Speaking after Ed's win, David Miliband said "this is Ed's day" and his younger brother said "my relationship with David is excellent and it will remain excellent". The new Labour leader stressed he would "unify" the party and said that "today a new generation has taken charge of Labour". His appointment has already been criticised by Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi, who said it seemed like a “great leap backwards” for the Labour party and “Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions”.
The Government has admitted that parts of planned reforms to the elderly care system may not come into effect before 2025. Andrew Lansley also refused to rule out the possibility of a tax on pensioners to fund the rising costs of care. Andy Burnham hit out at the Government for the delay on reforms, saying the problem was “urgent” and “this is not good enough from the Health Secretary”.
Andrew Dilnot, who chaired a review into elderly care, said this morning that such a delay would be "completely unacceptable". He told the BBC's Today programme the Government should act by Easter next year: "I see no official sign that there is any suggestion that a decision will be delayed beyond that, and any such delay would be a betrayal of peoples’ trust."
Four Labour shadow ministers face a parliamentary inquiry for failing to register potential conflicts of interest. Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liam Byrne are all accused of seeking to amend legislation in favour of trade unions from which they received funding.
The FT reports that Ed Miliband has offered the shadow chancellor job to older brother David, despite their differing views on tackling the deficit, but spokespeople for the new leader have dismissed the reports as "speculative froth". In his first full day as Labour leader, Mr Miliband faced criticism from both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. In an interview for the Andrew Marr show he rejected claims that he is a union stooge, saying that he was "his own man". He dismissed the 'Red Ed' label as "tiresome and rubbish". David Miliband has remained tight-lipped on his future in the shadow cabinet.
30/07/2014 on LBC radio
29/07/2014 on Newsnight, BBC Two
29/07/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
06/07/2014 on Pienaar's Politics
03/07/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
02/07/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
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