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Judith Jolly writes … Lib Dems are leading the battle over the regulations for the Health and Social Care Act

One year ago my colleagues and I sat in a room in Gateshead explaining in detail to party members what we had done to ensure that the Health and Social Care Act included key Liberal Democrat policies and principles.  We explained our efforts to reinstate the Secretary of State’s responsibility for ensuring that there is a comprehensive NHS.  We stated that we would end Labour’s policy of  crude competition on the basis of price, not quality, which had led to the private sector being paid £250m for work which was never done.

Above all, we stated that competition should be used …

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Opinion: Where is evidence based decision making about the NHS?

One of the great things about growing old is that life becomes much simpler. Those raging passions of youth give way, very gradually, to an acceptance that, in the grand scheme of things, we are pretty insignificant. Imagine my surprise when I found my blood pressure rising and my normally equitable mood being replaced by a growing sense of outrage. What exceptional event caused this? Well, it was the  Health and Social Care Act, 2012.

I am not sentimental about the NHS, or any other public body for that matter, and believe that we should constantly be trying to improve our …

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  • User AvatarRichard Dean 27th Nov - 9:22pm
    @Amalric 260,000 is the annualised figure. "in the year to June" means "in the 12 months to June". It is 260,000 for the period from...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 27th Nov - 9:04pm
    I do not in the least understand why any Liberal Democrat would do anything but oppose the ridiculous fearmongering about immigration and terrorism which has...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 27th Nov - 9:02pm
    What a timely comment from Stephen Donnelly today. Today is Lancashire Day. Not many people now that. Lancashire Day is held on 27 November. It...
  • User AvatarFrankBooth 27th Nov - 8:55pm
    So if income tax is increased/decreased in rUK what will that mean for Scotland? Will there be Barnett consequentials? Surely you couldn't have income tax...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 27th Nov - 8:39pm
    Stephen Donnelly 27th Nov '14 - 8:23pm YES! And is a compelling reason why we should stand united as that region and not allow ourselves...
  • User AvatarAmalric 27th Nov - 8:35pm
    As 260,000 people have arrive (net) into Britain in six months we can assume that about half a million will arrive in a full year....