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David Cameron and Nick Clegg in row over NHS reforms


David Cameron

David Cameron

David Cameron

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are squabbling over which one of them will get the credit for watering down the Government's controversial reforms to the National Health Service.

The Prime Minister and his deputy will both claim ownership of the changes when they address their parties separately at Westminster today.

Mr Clegg will tell Liberal Democrat MPs and peers: "We have achieved all we set out to achieve. It's a job well done."

But Mr Cameron will insist that he and the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley have been the driving forces behind the reforms when he addresses Conservative MPs elected for the first time last year.

Some Tory MPs are furious that the concessions have weakened the role of competition inside the NHS. Others are worried that the Liberal Democrats' claims of victory will "recontaminate" the Tories on the health issue.

The NHS Future Forum, an independent group of health experts which has been reviewing the reforms, will publish its findings today.

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