The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care.
A health expert who advised this government during the passage of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 argues that Labour's plan to integrate health and social care is preferable to the coalition's approach.
Key details are "thunderingly absent" in Andy Burnham's ten-year plan for the NHS, but his stark anti-market tones are comforting after four-and-a-half years of business talk.
Alan Milburn, the former Health Secretary under Tony Blair, has criticised Ed Miliband's agenda on the health service.
The Health Secretary responded to an Urgent Question from the shadow health secretary about the number of major incidents declared at A&E units.
The Unite head's comments suggest the shadow health secretary could win his support in a future leadership contest.
In 2012, the shadow health secretary admitted in his conference speech he didn't have "all the answers" for funding whole-person care. His speech this year shows this remains the case.
Burnham’s plan shows the party grappling with the kind of real world problems it would face in office.
"It’s not about Andy, or Ed, or Yvette," Labour's policy review head tells the New Statesman.