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Last bid to block NHS bill fails

Labour have failed in a last-ditch bid to delay planned changes to the NHS in England, with MPs set to approve the coalition's proposals.

Calls for MPs to postpone their final consideration of the NHS overhaul until an assessment of the potential risks is published were defeated by 82 votes.

The House of Lords approved the Health and Social Care Bill on Monday and MPs are set to follow suit.

The government hopes it will now get Royal Assent and become law by Easter.

James Landale reports.

  • 20 Mar 2012
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