Lib Dems may reject much of Health Bill after divisive AV campaign

Liberal Democrat MPs may demand concessions on the NHS reforms as a result of the Conservative Party's handling of the Alternative Vote campaign, the party's deputy head has hinted.

Liberal Democrat deputy lead Simon Hughes indicated that the party had lost trust in the Conservatives, and would now only support policies that were outlined in the Coalition Agreement.

He said: ‘From now on, we are very clear that we will keep to what the coalition has agreed in the Coalition Agreement. Other stuff will not be allowed in as policy unless our party has agreed to it.'

Much of the Health Bill could now be rejected by Liberal Democrat MPs, including the plans to abolish PCTs and SHAs.

The Coalition Agreement, released in May last year, did however moot plans for GP commissioning and the development of Monitor to oversee ‘competition and price-setting in the NHS’.

It also said an ‘independent NHS Board’ will be created to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidelines.

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