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 AvatarJohn Barrett 19th Jan - 10:44am
    Hopefully this will not be followed by a list of Brexit spokesmen and women for each region of Scotland. (For those in doubt, I hope...
  • User AvatarPaul Murray 19th Jan - 10:29am
    @Arnold Kiel - so you think the Lib Dems should now say "Yes, the Lib Dem parliamentary party voted in favour of having the referendum,...
  • User Avatarmatt 19th Jan - 10:26am
    @Mark Goodrich “Um, if you think that it is “authoritarian” to bring court cases against the Government, I think you need to do some reading...
  • User AvatarMark Goodrich 19th Jan - 10:17am
    @Glenn It's about positioning. May has decided to position on minority side rather than in the middle of spectrum of views.
  • User AvatarAngela Davies 19th Jan - 10:08am
    R.I.P Peter you will be sorely missed
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 19th Jan - 10:05am
    Arnold Kiel is right. In the end it is about how we take decisions. The English, for the most part resist thinking about such matters...