Lansley 'isolated' as Letwin is asked to scrutinise NHS reform plans

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has been branded 'isolated', after Oliver Letwin was brought in to scrutinise the government's NHS reform plans.

Mr Healey: the move shows ‘just how isolated the health secretary has become’

Mr Letwin, the Cabinet Office’s minister for government policy, has been drafted in to scrutinise the plans for the NHS reorganisation.

The DoH played down the move, explaining cross-government discussions are a ‘normal’ part of the reform process.

But shadow health secretary John Healey said the move shows ‘just how isolated the health secretary has become’.

He said: ‘The Tories trusted Andrew Lansley to be their ‘Mr NHS’ and stop health policy becoming a toxic issue. Instead, he’s led the government into a barrage of concern from patients, doctors and health experts and broken the Prime Minister’s pledge on no more top down reorganisations.'

In a letter to David Cameron, Mr Healey said Mr Lansley should answer key questions, including why the reform plans have attracted ‘universal concern’ from health experts, professional bodies and patient groups.

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