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Lord Owen reacts to Clive Efford's NHS Bill

Efford proposals are 'imagintive' and 'deserve careful consideration', says Lord Owen

OurNHS
7 November 2014

Clive Efford published his NHS (Amended Duties & Powers) Private Members Bill today.

The bill is due to be debated in the House of Commons on 21st November

Lord David Owen, former Health Secretary and cross-bench peer, told OurNHS exclusively:

"These are imaginative and constructive proposals that deserve not just a Second Reading but careful consideration in Committee. No small Private Members Bill can cover every important aspect of the NHS but this Bill gives us an opportunity to act quickly. Given goodwill and a cross party determination to remove the worst of the errors of the 2012 legislation it could, exceptionally,  be the basis for an Act of Parliament passing through both Houses before the dissolution of Parliament in early April 2015."

Lord Owen put two private members bills aiming to undo the worst damage of the 2012 Health & Social Care Act before parliament in 2013. 

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Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

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