Rachael Maskell, head of health for Unite said:
“Today is another dark day for our NHS under this government. It has seized extraordinary powers to close hospitals forbidding communities to mount any defence of the services they rely upon.
"Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs should be thoroughly ashamed of their conduct. They colluded to take away our voice. But come the next election we will make sure it is they who lose not just their voice but their seats.
"Every time that clause 119 is abused, Unite will ensure that the voices of the people and their health professionals are heard, and that voters understand exactly who betrayed the NHS."