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Putting the NHS before politics

by Dr Kailash Chand / 20 Mar 2012 11:06

In reference to your article 'Miliband's adviser calls for BMA to strike' I wish to make clear my own views. It is not true that I am Ed Milliband's adviser; I was on the panel appointed by John Healey, then shadow secretary for health,  to review the long term expectations of older people. The panel met only once. It was obvious from the outset that my membership was based on my long-term work

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Passing the Health Bill is the beginning, not the end, of its problems

Passing the Health Bill is the beginning, not the end, of its problems

by Emma Burnell / 20 Mar 2012 08:14

In the classic film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, during one of many brilliant exchanges, Sundance refuses to make a perilous jump from a cliff into a rapidly running river below. His reason for not wanting to do so is that he can’t swim. “Are you crazy?” says Butch, “The fall will probably kill you”. So they jump and survive the fall, only to be swept along, pulling each other under in the

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New Lib Dem tactics over health bill

New Lib Dem tactics over health bill

by Amber Elliott / 28 Feb 2012 00:00

A joint letter from Nick Clegg and Baroness Shirley Williams called for four changes to be made to the Health Bill.

  1. "We propose removing the reviews by the Competition Commission from the Bill to make sure that the NHS is never treated like a private industry."
  2. "We want to keep the independent regulator of Foundation Trusts, Monitor, to make sure hospitals always serve NHS patients first and foremost."
  3. "We

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PMQs score-draw keeps the NHS reforms in trouble

by Ben Duckworth / 22 Feb 2012 13:07

This was the hardest-fought PMQs for some time. For a third PMQs running, it was the NHS that dominated the session. It was split into two halves, because once the leaders’ spats had reached the end of their allotted questions and responses, PMQs lasted a whopping 37 minutes. Will the Speaker introduce a guillotine or be happy for it to continue becoming so long?

However, David Cameron wasn’t forced onto the back foot

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Lansley plays hide and seek at health questions

by Caroline Crampton / 21 Feb 2012 15:46

Andrew Lansley had one of those unfortunate ‘meeting the public’ experiences that politicians have to go through from time to time, when he was heckled on his way into the No 10 meeting on the Health Bill yesterday.

It seems to have made him shy – at health questions today, he seemed more than happy to let his junior ministers do most of the talking. He provided a masterclass in what I

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Shelve the health bill and save the Lib Dems

Shelve the health bill and save the Lib Dems

by Jamie Reed / 09 Feb 2012 13:24

Even partisan commentators accept that Ed Miliband has 'won' the last three bouts of Prime Minister's Questions. The Labour Leader has scored on many fronts, but where he has impressed the most is with his comprehensive battering of David Cameron's Health Bill. Red faced and unapologetic, the Prime Minister's anger grows with each passing defeat.

Cameron's stupefied fury is worsened by the knowledge that it wasn't meant to be like this. Tory strategists,

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PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

by Ben Duckworth / 08 Feb 2012 12:58

There are times when victories at PMQs don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. But there are times when it adds considerably to the argument. Today was one of those. It is difficult to imagine Ed Miliband causing bruises but he probably caused his greatest damage yet. There was a lot of control exerted by the Labour leader, he kept calm, spoke slowly and it was only when he started slapping his knee excitedly

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It's no surprise reforming the NHS is complicated

by James Clayton / 27 Oct 2011 09:44

The government’s health reforms could well be the least sexy topic in politics, which puts it up there with some of the least sexy topics ever. I’m going to try and make this topic even less sexy, by talking about it in some detail. If this article wore clothes it would be wearing a tank top and cords.

You have been warned…

There’s a criticism doing the rounds at the moment that

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The NHS - the nation's religion

The NHS - the nation's religion

by Jamie Reed MP / 11 Oct 2011 14:24

The National Health Service – Labour’s greatest triumph but beloved by the whole nation – is perhaps the closest thing Britain has to a national religion. Governments mess with it at their peril. More important than any politician or political party, those who act against the best interests of the NHS are quickly found out, excoriated and then ejected by an angry electorate.

Every political party knows this. So damaging and toxic was

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No 'easy passage' for health reforms in the Lords

No 'easy passage' for health reforms in the Lords

by Caroline Crampton / 20 Sep 2011 12:32

Two things were made very clear from the NHS 'report back session' that has just taken place in the main hall at Lib Dem conference. Firstly, Liberal Democrat members are more in love with Shirley Williams than ever - her very appearance prompted the biggest round of applause I've heard so far. Secondly, it was obvious that Shirley Williams is very angry about the NHS reforms, and will be doing her very best to

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Lib Dems won't be able to vote on health at conference

Lib Dems won't be able to vote on health at conference

by Caroline Crampton / 12 Sep 2011 17:53

The Lib Dem delegates voted at their spring conference for their ministers to reconsider the NHS reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Bill, something that has been cited as a major prompt of the 'pause' in Andrew Lansley's legislation and a victory for the party's grassroots.

But there will be no such chance for the grassroots to assert themselves at next week's autumn conference. This afternoon, at a media briefing, Nick

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The NHS disinformation campaign

The NHS disinformation campaign

by Martin Shapland / 09 Sep 2011 08:54

If you had been on Twitter on Wednesday night after the vote on NHS reform, you might have got the impression from the vitriol of the miscellaneous lefty masses that the coalition government had just asset-stripped hospitals, privatised cancer wards and thrown grandmothers out on the streets to sell off the beds. ‘It’s a Tory Privatisation!’ ‘The Liberal Democrats have sold out!’ - #lowerthanvermin was the hashtag of choice.

Of course all of

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