Norman Lamb responds to Labour's plans to cap private profits in the NHS

March 27, 2015 3:44 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has commented on Labour's pledge to cap private profits in the NHS, saying that a simplistic policy could cause "chaos" for local hospitals.

Labour today announced it would limit the profits of private firms in the NHS by a negotiable amount, but only Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to safeguard the NHS for the future.

Norman said:

"Liberal Democrats in government put an end to Labour's sweetheart deals with the private sector, while the independent King's Fund has poured cold water on Labour's claims about privatisation.

"Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to invest the £8bn per year by 2020 that NHS bosses say is needed.

"A private sector profit cap sounds appealing but the devil would be in the detail and a simplistic policy could cause chaos for local hospitals."