More government concessions on NHS bill

The bill plans to give GPs more power over their budgets and give the private and voluntary sector more input.
The bill plans to give GPs more power over their budgets and give the private and voluntary sector more input.

The government today announced further changes to its controversial health and social care bill.

The bill plans to give GPs more power over their budgets and give the private and voluntary sector more input.

Concessions involve further restrictions on the use of the private sector and the body which regulates the NHS, Monitor.

The coalition faces strong opposition to the bill from activists within the Liberal Democrats, who are planning a vote on dropping the bill altogether at the party's spring conference.

Opponents are condemning the bill's attempt to privatise certain areas of the NHS and have pointed to near-unanimous opposition from health professionals.

The bill returns to the Lords this afternoon.
 

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