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Andrew Lansley’s disaster

John Rentoul

91459459 224x300 Andrew Lansleys disasterI haven’t opined on Andrew Lansley (right) and his reform plans for the NHS because I haven’t read the white paper or spoken to anyone who understands it. Judging by the coverage, I am not in a minority among the journalistic class.

As a holding position, therefore, two things.

One, the reforms may well be the the brave and right intensification of the quasi-market changes that Alan Milburn and Tony Blair set in train.

Two, the communications strategy has been lamentable. Hopi Sen mocks, rightly. It has widely been reported as the biggest reorganisation since Nye Bevan or somebody. People do not want a reorganised health service, they want a better one.

What on earth went wrong?

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  • tomfrom66

    They got rid of matron.

  • Pablo contrara and 500 others

    Having not read the white paper (and haven’t the time to do so).. from principle I would say that the Tories are trying to
    1 privatise the NHS
    2 make it impossible to tell if the NHS has got better or worse
    3 spend less money on the NHS

  • http://twitter.com/True_Belle True_Belle

    Remember to give Mr Lansley his two Senokot tablets with his evening hot chocolate, Nurse.

    If he doesn’t perform in the morning, we must give him something that really works . We will show him what the NHS is capable of- won’t we?

  • http://twitter.com/True_Belle True_Belle

    Remember to give Mr Lansley his two Senokot tablets with his evening hot chocolate, Nurse.

    If he doesn't perform in the morning, we must give him something that really works . We will show him what the NHS is capable of- won't we?


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