MP attacks health plans

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PLANNED changes to the NHS have been slammed by South Yorkshire MP Dan Jarvis.

The Labour member for Barnsley Central attacked proposals by health secretary Andrew Lansley which would allow GPs to commission care, using private providers as well as NHS hospitals.

Mr Jarvis told the House of Commons of the value of the NHS providing care for his late wife during her battle with cancer. He said: “In my family’s darkest days, we saw the true genius of the NHS. While the market can be useful, there are limits to which it can deliver. There’s a reason that Bupa doesn’t do Accident and Emergency. We must never allow an ideological free market agenda to undermine the NHS.”

Mr Jarvis called for reforms to focus on providing better treatment for patients.