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PMQs: Cameron accused of arrogance over NHS changes

Prime Minister David Cameron is "arrogant" to press ahead with sweeping changes to the NHS despite warnings from unions and health experts, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said.

At prime minister's question time on 19 January 2011, Mr Miliband said doctors and nurses had warned that there may be "potentially disastrous" consequences of the government's NHS policies.

Mr Miliband asked the prime minister for a guarantee that hospital waiting times would not rise.

Mr Cameron told him: "We want to see waiting times and waiting lists come down.

"The whole aim of these NHS reforms is to make sure we get the value for the money we put in."

Mr Miliband said GP and Tory MP Sarah Wollaston had compared the reforms to "tossing a hand grenade into the NHS".

He said Mr Cameron was breaking promises on health and added: "It's the same old story: you can't trust the Tories on the NHS."

The prime minister shrugged off the "feeble, pre-scripted" attack and mocked Mr Miliband: "You practise them every week, I'm sure they sound fantastic in the bathroom mirror."

Mr Cameron said the government's aim was "reforming the NHS so that we have got the best in Europe".

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