NHS reform

The government has come out fighting over NHS reforms, after health professionals warned they were "potentially disastrous".

The heads of the six biggest health unions, including the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing, wrote a letter to the Times this morning in which they warned the changes would damage the NHS.

The prime minister hit back with a combative Today programme performance in which he said the reforms strived for excellence.

But there was controversy when he said Britons settled for "second rate" healthcare.

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