'Labour led the way for NHS cartel'
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it was Labour that paved the way for moves to cut the wages of health service staff in Plymouth.
Mr Hunt took to task his opposite number Andy Burnham, who has criticised controversial proposals by 20 NHS trusts across the South West, to impose longer working hours for staff, and cuts to salary and leave.
The Conservative Secretary of State said Mr Burnham had been in charge when the powers, allowing such changes, got the go-ahead.
But now in opposition, Mr Hunt said the Labour politician now "sings a different tune".
It was among a string of Labour 'inconsistencies' Mr Hunt highlighted during his speech to the Tory Party conference in Birmingham.
He also gave a highly personal defence of the Conservatives' attitude to the NHS, and told Tory activists Labour's claim to the health service was insulting.