Burnham accuses Tories of 'biggest quango' plan for NHS

Health secretary Andy Burnham has accused the Tories of planning to turn the NHS 'into the biggest quango in the world'.

Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham

Writing in today's Guardian, Mr Burnham says: 'The Tories have proposed handing over the day-to-day running of the NHS to an independent board. This would be a major change in NHS governance — a major gamble with a structure that broadly works and it is by no means clear that it would bring any improvement in performance.

'For a party that has promised a 'bonfire of the quangos', turning Britain's best-loved institution into the biggest quango in the world — responsible for a £100bn budget and 1.4 million staff — is an idea that has had dangerously little scrutiny to date.

'So that wider health debate must now start in earnest. Labour's job is to speak up for the N in NHS — for national standards, national pay and national accountability — but also to renew our commitment to reform in the next decade.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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