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Prime Minister David Cameron had to fend off repeated questioning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband recently, as the latter asked why cancer patients would be “penalised” as part of the welfare reforms taking place. The discussion took place during the regular Prime Minister’s Questions.
Macmillan Cancer Support has already spoken up about its concerns about the welfare reforms and how they will affect cancer patients. The reforms will mean that people will have their benefits means tested after 12 months. This applies to cancer sufferers as well as others, and …

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David Cameron has announced that, unless there are radical changes throughout the NHS, it faces a funding crisis within the next four years. In a speech to NHS staff in Ealing yesterday he declared that sitting back and sticking with the “status quo” would create a funding gap of £20 billion. The PM stated that a crisis in funding would lead to over-crowded wards and fewer treatments before adding that borrowing more money was not a solution because we, “can’t afford to,” and asking people to start paying at the …

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Yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions turned into a bitter exchange of accusations between Labour leader Ed Milliband and the PM over controversial NHS reforms. After plans for reform were put on hold last month, Milliband yesterday accused the Conservative leader of conducting a ‘sham’ consultation exercise and claimed it was proof that he thought something had gone wrong. 
Cameron confirmed that the reason for the delay is that the government is determined to get the reforms right. He also confirmed that he had received a letter containing the signatures of 42 significant GP’s …

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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 …

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Nick Clegg appeared on the Andrew Marr show this morning vowing to stop NHS Reforms with the statement that “no bill is better than a bad one”. He called for “substantial, significant changes” to the bill, promising that he would veto the current plans unless the changes were made.
The recent disastrous results in local elections has convinced Clegg that he must be seen to stand up and make his voice heard in the coalition if the loss of more than 700 councillors in England is to be reversed in the …