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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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    Geoff, I like thought experiments but I wasn't so convinced by yours. It's essentially the same as imagining that we had a small community which...
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    Austin "As a Liberal we should support effective military action where that will, overall save leaves and end tyranny ". Indeed who could possibly vote...
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    Personally, I think it's just not in Britain's interests to stay involved. None of plans for the ME look realistic and quite frankly even if...
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    Its probably legal for all of us to pop over to Switzerland and top ourselves in a dignitas clinic. Legal does not equal sensible...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 1st Dec - 12:01am
    The vote is in the Commons on Wednesday. The bye-election in Oldham is on Thursday. Am I getting too cynical about the timing?
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    PS, after this vote we need another one ASAP sanctioning Assad and Putin. No fly zones should be on the table. I just didn't want...