Ed Miliband attacks David Cameron’s NHS reforms at Royal Bolton Hospital

By Dean Wilkins

Labour leader Ed Miliband is attacking the Prime Minister’s ‘broken promises’ on NHS reforms, while visiting the Royal Bolton Hospital today.

During a visit to the Greater Manchester hospital Mr Miliband condemned the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill, saying David Cameron lied before the last general election and the reforms are ‘bad for the NHS’.

The Government’s Health Bill plans have been heavily opposed by many, with calls for Health Minister Andrew Lansley to be sacked. However, Downing Street said that Ministers are ‘fully behind’ his NHS reforms.

David Miliband said: “Before he became Prime Minister, David Cameron concealed his plans for creeping privatisation of our National Health Service.

“So people didn’t get a vote on these plans at the last election. But I give you my word that if he goes ahead, they will be a defining issue at the next.”

More than 120,000 people have now signed an e-petition on a Government website which rejects the move, attracting opposition from health professionals and patients’ groups.

Mr Miliband added:  “The Prime Minister made solemn promises before the election to the country. No going back to waiting for hours on end in A&E. Three thousand more midwives. An end to hospital closures. And no more top-down reorganisations.

“He has broken all these promises and more. It is bad for our NHS and bad for politics.”

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