DoH denies Health Bill is on hold

The government has denied media reports that David Cameron has stepped in to put the Health Bill on hold beyond Easter amid growing opposition to the reforms.

DoH denies David Cameron is delaying the Health Bill
DoH denies David Cameron is delaying the Health Bill

But the DoH has confirmed that there will be a ‘listening exercise’ this week, where the government will aim to reassure people that the reforms will be good for the NHS.

Reports in the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph suggest that there will be a ‘three-month pause’ in the legislative process, which will give the Liberal Democrats time to weaken the proposals.

But the government has said that the speculation is ‘ill informed and filled with inaccuracies’. A spokesman said: ‘The Bill has now successfully finished committee stage in the Commons and there is a natural break before it moves to the Lords.’
 
A DoH spokeswoman added that the government will go into recess on Tuesday, so the Bill ‘naturally wouldn’t be debated in the House until after Easter’.

But she said there will be a ‘listening exercise’ on Wednesday, where the government hopes to provide ‘reassurance’ that the reforms are going to be good for the NHS.

‘It’s a way in which the government is engaging with people and listening,’ she said.

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