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Health and Social Care Bill part three

On 7 September 2011, MPs passed the Health and Social Care Bill, completing the legislation's report stage and then voting to give it a third reading by 316 votes to 251, a government majority of 65.

The bill, which contains the government's health service reform plans in England, was recommitted to Parliament in July after the government made a series of changes following widespread opposition among NHS professionals and patient groups.

The changes include adding hospital doctors and nurses to the new commissioning consortia - not just GPs, as proposed by the original bill - and scrapping an April 2013 deadline for the new bodies to take over.

The bill also includes plans to open up the health service to greater competition from the private sector, which unions oppose.

The government says reform is necessary to safeguard the future of the NHS, but Labour claim the plans are ''high-cost and high-risk''.

Watch parts one and two of this debate.


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