UK: MP wants Health Act gone to facilitate mergers

Shadow health secretary and MP Andy Burnham spoke with reporters to discuss his disapproval of the Health Act 2012’s effects on the UK health industry, according to reports.

Following party leader Ed Miliband’s speech on the NHS earlier this week, which included Miliband’s platform of the Labour party to remove competition rules’ effects on the health industry, Burnham says competition law is negatively impacting the sector.

He cited the Competition Commission’s recently blocking of the proposed merger of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals with Poole Hospital foundation trusts, arguing that the groups “shouldn’t have had any obstacles thrown in in their way.”

Healthcare providers should be able to merge without facing obstacles by competition authorities, he said.

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