CONOR Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, is anxious for the bill reforming the NHS to receive the Royal Assent and so pass quickly into law (Echo, February 14).

When that happens the NHS as we know it will disappear.

New proposals put forward by Mr Lansley, and presumably supported by Mr Burns, will lift the cap on income which foundation hospitals such as the Royal Bournemouth Hospital can raise from private patients from the current two per cent to 49 per cent.

This will mean that nearly half the beds in NHS hospitals will be given over to private patients Will that not lead to an entirely different health service?

It may be what Mr Burns wants, but it is not what the people of this country want and not what they thought they has voted for in the May 2010 General Election.

GORDON CANN, Craigmoor Avenue, Bournemouth