Saturday, April 30, 2011

VIDEO: House of Commons

Prime Minister David Cameron has said it is "good news" that the UK's economy grew 0.5% in the first quarter of this year.

On 27 April 2011, at his first Commons question session since the Easter recess, Mr Cameron welcomed the recent GDP figures but he acknowledged that figures for the construction sector, which shrank by 4.7% in the quarter, were "disappointing".

Ed Miliband accused the prime minister of "terrible complacency" and said the economy had "flatlined".

He also attacked the government's plans to reorganise the NHS, asking why 98.7% of delegates at the Royal College of Nursing conference had voted against the plans.

Mr Miliband attributed rising waiting times in the NHS to the diversion of "billions of pounds away from patient care into this costly reorganisation".

But the prime minister denied that waiting times were rising and said many GPs wanted to see the NHS reforms succeed.

Tory backbencher Dr Sarah Wollaston, a GP, said that the previous Labour government's implementation of the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) was remembered by junior doctors as a "disaster".

But she asked the PM: "Are you aware that there are concerns that current proposals to reorganise medical training and workforce planning could have similar unforeseen consequences?"

Mr Cameron replied: "I can absolutely guarantee that we are not going to make the mistake that the last government made about medical training, where they created an utter shambles."

Also asking questions: DUP MP Jim Shannon, Tory Brian Binley, Tory Nadine Dorries, Labour's Kevin Brennan, Lib Dem Adrian Sanders, Labour's Debbie Abrahams, Tory Peter Aldous, Tory Bill Cash, Labour's Phil Wilson, Labour's Bill Esterson, Lib Dem Stephen Gilbert, Lab/Co-op MP John Woodcock, Conservative Fiona Bruce, Labour's Ian Lucas, Tory Jonathan Evans, Labour's Jamie Reed, Tory Richard Harrington, Labour's Paul Flynn, Lib Dem Ian Swales, Labour's Ben Bradshaw, Tory Lee Scott, the DUP's Nigel Dodds, and Tory Henry Smith.

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