SOUTH Shields MP David Miliband has called on the Government to “kill” its controversial plans to reform the NHS.
During debate in the House of Commons yesterday, the ex-Foreign Secretary said the Health and Social Care Bill was the “most half-baked shambles the NHS has ever seen”.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley insisted the reforms were “the right idea”, but Mr Miliband disagreed.
He said: “I believe the Secretary of State when he says he supports the NHS. But by the end of this Parliament, when the flaws are clear, he is not going to be around to defend it.
“That is the true danger of this misconceived, unloved Bill, and why, in his last act of kindness to the NHS, the Secretary of State should kill it.”
A Liberal Democrat revolt to stop the Bill was defeated when rebel leader Andrew George called for it to be dropped and urged ministers to hold a summit with medical groups and patients’ organisations for a rethink.
But despite backing from the Labour front bench, Mr George’s amendment – signed by four other Lib Dem backbenchers – was rejected by 314 votes to 260, majority 54.
His unsuccessful amendment was made to a Labour motion, calling for the Bill to be scrapped, defeated by 258 votes to 314, majority 56.
The Bill will now have a third reading at the House of Lords on Monday.