The Liberal Democats new stridency on healthcare reform is increasingly evident around Westminster.
Both in public and private Lib Dems are letting it be known that they will veto large chunks of the Health Bill – and portray it as a victory for their influence in Government.
“At the end of the day if we think this [...]
The Health Secretary has given an interview to Total Politics. I do not think it is unfair to quote the one substantial paragraph in full:
What people are frightened by is change and what people see is the security of the hierarchy of management. We are all very clear that if you are going to transfer [...]
David Cameron has just come off the Today Programme with a strong defence of the Government’s now famous NHS ‘listening exercise’. But there is a suggestion around Westminster that the man who came up with the idea was not Mr Cameron but his new spin doctor Craig Oliver.
Mr Oliver is said to have persuaded his [...]
1.6 million people in the UK suffer from an Eating Disorder. That’s over half the population of Wales.
It’s also almost definitely a massive underestimation; secrecy comes hand in hand with living with an Eating Disorder so many cases go undetected. Many others slip through the net due to mis-diagnosis, naivity and quite simply, a huge [...]
“I stuffed their mouths with gold.”
Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service,* explained at a private dinner circa 1956 how he had secured the doctors’ consent for the 1948 settlement. It was a remark made public by Professor Brian Abel-Smith only in 1964. (Nicholas Timmins, The Five Giants, p115.)
Unfortunately, the British Medical Association, one of [...]
We haven’t had a quiz for a while. So let’s have an NHS modernisation quiz. Who said this?
As society evolves, so too must the NHS. The Bill will deliver a modern NHS fit for the 21st century. It is the natural progression of the original vision to deliver the finest health care for all our [...]
It may be hard to persuade the great British public of this, but it would be a more honest message than the current obfuscations of Andrew Lansley, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, which I discuss in The Independent on Sunday today.
Contrary to the Tory caricature of a creaking public service, the NHS is, in fact, a relatively dynamic organization. The government’s recent proposals caused a flurry of activity and a series of adaptive changes have taken place already.
Andrew Lansley has a letter in today’s Times (pay wall), which tries to clarify – if that’s the correctly ambiguous word – the Government’s NHS changes…
My body would stiffen and I’d look away as the tourniquet was tightened around my arm. If I was lucky they’d find a vein first time, and insert a needle. This remained in place for hours, while a cocktail of drugs flowed into my body.
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