Author Archives: Felix Greaves

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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  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 21st Sep - 2:45pm
    I find the candidacy of a local doctor interesting for two reasons. One, doctors are still trusted more than politicians. Two, he provides a counter...
  • User AvatarRichard 21st Sep - 2:19pm
    I would love to see the Gantt chart showing how you get from publishing plans for consultation at the end of October to publishing final...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 21st Sep - 2:18pm
    There is absolutely nothing in Clegg's remarks that suggests he's even remotely thinking about devolving power either to England or to English regions on a...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 21st Sep - 2:13pm
    @ Rabi Martins, @ Lester Holloway. Yes, Do it. Do what John Tilley is suggesting for the reasons he has given in an earlier post....
  • User AvatarDavid-1 21st Sep - 2:09pm
    If Clegg goes along with "English votes for English laws" he will have betrayed everything liberalism has ever stood for. EVFEL is not devolution. It...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 21st Sep - 2:06pm
    Tony, the blandness was in the Sunday Post article which is also linked to. The strong language came in his later article on the Lib...