Thursday, 7 July 2011

NHS reforms: Health Tsar resigns

Sir Roger Boyle, the Department of Health's heart tsar, has resigned this week, as it becomes clear that the revised Health and Social Care Bill retains - albeit in carefully chosen language -  many of its most controversial elements. This follows on from the BMA's rejection of the revised Bill.

Jacqueline Davis, co chair of the NHS Consultants' Association, has written an article over at the Guardian's Comment is Free expressing concerns that the supposed 'u-turn' by Lansley was not quite as dramatic as many seem to believe.

The government, meanwhile, continues to peddle misleading information regarding the NHS, clearly in the hope that a revised timetable will enable the reforms to go ahead as originally planned with minimal public opposition, although perhaps not as fast as they would have wanted. Many of the criticisms of the original Bill, supposedly addressed and satisfied after the 'listening exercise' are worth revisiting over the coming months.

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