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Andy Burnham

Labour and GPC claim new competition legislation will force CCGs to tender all new contracts

Labour and the GPC are to oppose new regulations placed before parliament last week that it claims will force CCGs to put all new contracts out to competitive tender from April 1.

The amendment to section 75 of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act placed before Parliament last week puts the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition previously used by PCTs, onto a statutory footing.

The GPC  - the BMA’s GP committee - claimed the secondary legislation is ‘a betrayal’ of previous Government promises that CCGs should be able to use competition only when it served ‘patient’s interests’.

Shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham told a Save our NHS meeting in Redcar last week that Labour was making plans for immediate action over the amendment as soon as Parliament resumes next week and that MPs would ‘lay prayers’ against the resolution in both Houses of Parliament. Opponents have a 40 day timescale to stop the amendment becoming law.

The rules and principl

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