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Clegg Threatens NHS Reforms

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has threatened to veto plans for NHS reform unless they are altered. After their astonishing landslide in the recent elections, Nick Clegg intends to act on pleas to give the Liberal Democrats more say within government stating, “the message I’ve heard on the doorstep is people want to hear a louder Liberal Democrat voice in Government. It’s already very loud inside Government, we’ve got to make sure that people hear it outside Government.”

Clegg made clear his first battle will be over Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans to hand NHS funding power to GPs and increase possibilities for further privatisation within the health service. Unless there are “substantial, significant changes” to the current proposals, he said he will urge Liberal Democrat MPs and peers to vote them down. “A lot of people have said to me, you’re going too fast, you’re trying to meet artificial deadlines, you’re forcing GPs to take on commissioning roles when they don’t want to or aren’t able to,” adding that he wanted to protect the NHS rather than undermine it.

At present, the NHS reform bill is on hold in its progression through Parliament while the government listens to concerns. Clegg said the pause in the NHS changes was “absolutely not just for the sake of it” and getting the bill right was now his number one priority”.

However, Labour leader Ed Miliband has made an attempt to rally support from Clegg in the wake of the recent election results suggesting that the message from Thursday’s polls was that Lib Dem supporters want the party to rethink, and called on the party to join him in fighting Conservative policies. The debate is set to rumble on for many months.

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