MPs have voted through a controversial measure that gives England’s health secretary powers to close local hospitals, even if they are performing well.
Clause 119 in the Care Bill allows a hospital to be closed or downgraded if a neighbouring trust is struggling financially.
The government maintains it is a good way to address local care issues.
But critics say the powers put finances ahead of patient care.
Clause 119 gives special administrators the power to make changes to neighbouring services while trying to rescue failing NHS trusts.MORE