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.'
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