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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

UNISON Nurses meet Labour after Government "pause" in NHS Bill‏

UNISON nurses and midwives meet Labour Health spokesman John Healey and local Tooting MP Sadiq Khan at the House of Commons last night to discuss the campaign against the Coalition's NHS and Social Care Bill, after Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was forced to invoke a two month pause in the passage of the Bill because of growing opposition from NHS professionals and the public.

Maureen Brown UNISON Nursing Convenor said: "The growing campaign against the NHS Bill, had forced the Government to pause, now we need to move forward with the public to ram home the overwhelming opposition to the NHS Bill and NHS privatisation".

John Healey said the Government NHS proposals were now weighed down in "confusion, chaos and incompetence". He also referred to Andrews Lansley's ability to unite in opposition to his NHS Reforms the former right wing Thatcherite Minister Norman Tebbit and rap star NxtGen, who made the viral video hit 'Andrew Lansley NHS Rap'".

Sadiq Khan MP said he would work tirelessly with UNISON, NHS staff and patients to defend the NHS from this vicious attack.