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Opinion: We need to talk about the NHS

Later this week , at spring conference in Gateshead, the Liberal Democrats will have the opportunity to debate issues and define party policy. Now, more than ever, this internal democratic process has the opportunity to actually influence what the government does. The NHS is likely to be on most people’s minds, and possibly on the agenda as an emergency motion.

I’m a member of the Liberal Democrats, but as a doctor, I’m also a member of a number of other organisations too. I’ve become acutely aware of the very different ways that these organisations have responded to the health …

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Opinion: NHS reforms need careful examination

I am a public health doctor and a member of the Liberal Democrats. I am also, in the words of Gordon Birtwistle, when he spoke in the debate on the new Health and Social Care Bill, one of the “faceless bureaucrats in palatial offices” that he blames for the failings of the NHS. I’d like to put a couple of arguments against the new health reforms, as I don’t believe that as a party we are very well informed about what these health reforms mean.

The reforms of the NHS are a substantial departure from what we had before. …

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    Feelings of extreme guilt lead, as a measure of compensation, to dishonesty to oneself ("what I did wasn't so bad, probably even good if you...
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    HM Armed Forces can be deployed at any time in the event of a crisis or an emergency. One must not forget that on completion...
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    It is profoundly sad that so many Lib Dems still choose to pretend that it is all about the fairest scheme to fund Universities and...
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    Every Lib Dems criticise Labour's policy on this, they enable the debate to be focused back onto "Clegg and the Lib Dems lied to you"....
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    Rifkind/Straw's actions are just another examples of a decline in integrity : people want rank and reward but not responsibility. No manager at the BBC...
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    Duncan Scott This was a headline policy that had to be right in time for the GE, it doesn't matter how long it took to...
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