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Saving Mrs Smith

The NHS needs competition—but may not get it

By Philip Collins   December 2012

Andy Burnham leads a protest against the proposed changes to the NHS (photo: John Giles/PA Wire)

The shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, is a great fan of Everton football club and no mean player himself. In a distant age I shared a pitch with him as two of the early members of Demon Eyes, the Labour party football team. So I have weekly evidence that Burnham absolutely understands that competition and collaboration are not incompatible. He is well aware that the competition from the other team spurred ours to acts…

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