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Labour consults on plan for major NHS restructuring

Shadow health secretary says party will examine how to banish privatisation and restore universal public NHS

Labour will flesh out how it would dismantle Andrew Lansley’s structural NHS reforms to bring more health provision back in-house, in a wide-ranging consultation on NHS restructuring under a future Labour government.

The party is committing for the first time to a wholesale restructure of the health service. Overhauling NHS structures have traditionally been politically risky. The former Conservative health secretary Lansley generated controversy when he introduced sweeping reforms in his 2012 Health and Social Care Act.

The reforms saw primary care trusts disbanded and new clinical commissioning groups buying and providing local healthcare services, with NHS contracts opened to the voluntary and private sectors.

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