Lords to vote on NHS England health bill delay

The House of Lords is to vote on plans that ministers say could kill off the government's health bill for England.

Peers will decide whether to delay the bill, which would give clinicians control of budgets, and refer parts of it to a special select committee.

Ministers say the changes are vital to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing population, the costs of new drugs and treatments and the impact of lifestyle factors, such as obesity. But opponents say the bill raises serious constitutional issues, particularly aspects relating to the role of the health secretary in overseeing the NHS .

Ross Hawkins reports.

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