Speaking at a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London on Thursday, Mr Bradshaw defended Westminster’s push to introduce the private sector into the NHS in England.
The minister described the split in policy between the UK countries as a ‘fascinating competition’ after all three Celtic countries committed to excluding the private sector from the NHS and introduced radically different policies.
‘I get fed up being told by some of the media that England suffers from health apartheid – an inappropriate word in the health context in any event – because millionaires in Wales get their prescriptions free or Scotland plans to allow anyone who wants to park in busy hospital car parks for free,’ he said.
Mr Bradshaw said competition between sectors in England was ‘a route to high quality services and value for money, not to privatisation by the back door or any nonsense about the closure of GP practice.’
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