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A Labour view

With clear unhappiness in Liberal Democrat ranks, Labour is spotting a potential chance to team up with them to try to give the Tories a bloody nose.

The Shadow Health Secretary John Healey agrees that there's a strong constitutional case for taking the Bill back to square one in the Commons.

Talking to Andrew Marr on BBC 1 this morning he warned of the dangers as he saw it of ministers introducing too much competition to the health service.

But a former Labour Health Minister, Lord Warner, takes a completely different view.

He's written a book called "A Suitable Case for Treatment: the NHS and Reform.

It contains some hard truths for Labour, pointing out that for all its years of investment in the health service while in Government , there was little improvement in productivity.

The kind of radical change suggested by Andrew Lansley's, while not perfect, is, Lord Warner argues, the only way to avoid the NHS imploding financially.

We spoke to him earlier.



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