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Thursday 3 February 2011

Opposition to NHS reforms is in rude health

An interesting column by Ben Brogan in the Daily Telegraph. He warns of the dangers Tory MPs may face because of the so-called reforms of the NHS.
David Cameron's support for the health service did as much to get him to No. 10 as anything. However much people moan about it, they cherish the NHS and don't readily forgive governments that harm it.
This Government is about to do it irreperable damage. Don't take my word for it. There has been almost universal condemnation of the Lansley Plan (if "plan" isn't too grand a word for something that looks as if it was sketched out on the back of an envelope over a long lunch) and not just from Labour MPs and the unions.
The letters pages of Tory newspapers have contained many critical missives from doctors, consultants, the editor of The Lancet and others who know what they are talking about.
The beloved NHS is finally being broken up and sold off to private medical firms. As we know from all the other privatisations which have gone wrong, once something is placed in private hands, there it stays, no matter the consequences.
Brogan points out what the impact is going to be when local hospitals are closed and the "reforms" are blamed (that, of course, assumes any local hosptials are left once Labour had finished closing them).
The Government has already backed down on a series of proposals, with the sale of forests about to become the latest (hopefully). But surely it can't be seen to stumble away from something so major as the plans for the NHS.
Lansley would have to go, obviously, but that would be the least of their problems. The Government would look fatally weak, so it won't happen. But pressing on would be another nail in the coffin of the coalition - and Britain.

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