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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 AvatarPeter Watson 12th Feb - 11:35am
    @Alex Macfie "there was never intended to be any implication that they were ideological bedfellows, or that the two parties were electoral “allies” (although the...
  • User AvatarGlenn 12th Feb - 11:32am
    Psi, I'm not going to argue with you anymore. I think the idea of a "metropolitan Left Wing elite" is just a tired old trope....
  • User AvatarPsi 12th Feb - 11:16am
    Glenn “idea of a metropolitan elite working to a particular “left wing” agenda” Well that is not what is being suggested, a “weft wing agenda”...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 12th Feb - 11:07am
    @Peter Watson: The difference is that the Tories chose to join the ECR group out of perceived ideological similarity; they could leave any time and...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 12th Feb - 10:58am
    For once, I tend to agree with David on this. Keith knows his own area best.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 12th Feb - 10:38am
    Pressed 'post' too soon. The final sentence should read : I am sure will find the above illiberal; but it's time to grasp the nettle!