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Health Event

The PMS informed journalists that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary would launch the listening exercise as referred to in the Health Secretary’s statement on Monday at an event tomorrow.

Asked what the aim of the listening exercise was and why the Prime Minister and the Government felt it was necessary, the PMS reiterated the Health Secretary’s comments to the House on Monday that the Government’s commitment to the principles of the bill was undiminished. It was time to take a natural break in the passage of the bill to pause, listen and engage for all those who wanted the NHS to succeed. The PMS also referred to comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister earlier in the day that the Government clearly needs to listen to those concerns.

Asked if the listening exercise would be the first in a series of similar events, the PMS said more would be said at the event itself.

Asked why the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were involved in the listening exercise and not just the health secretary, the PMS said it was because it was an important part of the Government agenda.

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