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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 Underhill 27th Jun - 6:16pm
    A debate between Daniel Hannon and Sarah Ludford would have been interesting.
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    I'm sorry neither Ed nor Jo feels up to taking on leadership at the moment. Interesting that Ed has some similar reasons to Jo's and...
  • User AvatarSadie Smith 27th Jun - 6:14pm
    As we all say, entirely understandable good reasons. I do hope the Party and the Parliamentarians have a think about what we expect from the...
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    theakes 27th Jun '17 - 5:25pm Please see BBC TV Daily Politics 27/6/2017. Frances O 'Grady (TUC) said that they have done research into youthful...
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    I would have liked a contest but it looks like its not going to happen so lets cancel the "Process" & stop ourselves looking silly....
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    @ P.J. By necessity, the EU is rigid. How could it have engaged in informal pre-notification discussions with the UK outside the contractually provided Article...
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