Miliband's NHS focus at question time


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For the third question time in a row Ed Miliband has exposed the prime minister's vulnerability on the NHS. For the third time in a row David Cameron has been watched by glum Liberal Democrats.

What wounded the PM this week were his own words quoted back at him:

"Change - if it is to endure, if it is to really work - should have the support of people who work in our NHS. We have to take our nurses and doctors with us... we want to work with them, not against them."

This week, the Labour leader quipped - in a reference to Monday's very selective health summit - the PM hadn't even been prepared to be in the same room as the representatives of not just doctors and nurses but midwives, physios and many others who work in the NHS.

The next threat to the NHS Bill will come not in this afternoon's Opposition Day vote and not from within the Conservative Party but from grass-roots Lib Dems.

There is now a move to secure an emergency motion at the party's spring conference to kill the bill and an activists' petition as well.

Most telling of all, though, is the fact that Nick Clegg has told allies that he is losing more activists from the party on this issue than he did on tuition fees.

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    Comment number 19.

    People need to get real. The country must cut back money everywhere it can. We've been lucky to have a free health service for many years. It's a luxury that many countries don't have. We can no longer afford it, so cuts are necessary.

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    Comment number 6.

    Nick,with his usual Left Wing bias, has failed to point out that Milliband-wagon still gives out 2 conflicting msg's.1 he says reform is needed,2,then doesn't say how or how it would be financed.They're going to waste an afternoon debating a risk register that Labour refused to reveal when in office themselves.Hypocrits of the highest order.

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    Comment number 44.

    I would prefer to have all the tax money I pay into the health service in my own pocket, so that I can make the choices I want. NI, fuel duty, Vat etc that goes into propping up the NHS The NHS does not provide holistic health and I am fed up of subsidising people who make life style choices that damage their health. It is no benefit to me and I fed up of paying through the nose.

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    Comment number 4.

    Single main problem with NHS as a global health service is in providing a global public service freebie to immigrants.

    Remove the 'magnet' by stopping the subsidies to immigrants and cut NHS demand and cut NHS costs and cut our personal and business taxes with the savings.

    It's called 'management' - a matter of priorities - its not 'rocket science' Mr Lansley

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    Comment number 41.

    I for one will applaud the bravery shown by Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and the parliamentary Lib Dems. We need a government of national unity to tackle the dreadful problems left to us by the Labour party who should never be allowed to govern again.


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