Health minister Simon Burns on Dorrell report criticism

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Health minister Simon Burns disagreed with the findings of the Commons Health Select Committee chaired by former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell.

Simon Burns said that the health service was "facing challenges" and was responding to them as he debated Andrew Lansley's plans for the NHS in England, which were branded as a "disruption and distraction" in the report.

Patients' Association chair Roswyn Hakesley-Brown then challenged the minister with a claim that some patients were "encouraged" to go to the toilet in a hospital bed, as there was a lack of nurses.

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