At a Q&A session, Labour leader Ed Miliband said:
I think what would be not sensible is for us to come along and say, ‘well, Andrew Lansley, now Jeremy Hunt, they’re changing all the arrangements, have these new clinical commissioning groups and so on, and we’re just going to reverse it all back and spend another £3bn on another top-down bureaucratic organisation.
Miliband confirms he won’t repeal Health Act – talks vaguely about changing principles underpinning NHS. Interesting.
— oliver wright (@oliver_wright) September 29, 2012
So Labour wouldn’t just reverse all the Health and Social Care Act changes? That would mean quietly forgetting some of the rhetoric about how the passage of the Act would kill the NHS, but it’s easy to see why Ed Miliband might think this a sensible line.
One problem though. His Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, wasn’t exactly saying the same thing today:
I’ll repeal the Bill. Full stop.
Fully repeal but not fully reverse? Hmm.