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Medical Ethics – Medical Markets

Speech by Lord Owen to British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO)

Birmingham ICC, 4 June, 2011

How long will it be possible to confidently assert the primacy of the patient in their relationship with the doctor, the nurse and the disease? These are deep questions that the health professions and society needs to ask. read more…


Health and Social Care Bill

 

Lord Owen continues campaign against present Health and Social Care Bill

26 May 2011

Following on from my paper “Fatally Flawed” I thought it might be of interest to readers to upload three papers prepared by Peter Roderick, a public interest lawyer. The first, NHS duty, summary, is a summary of his legal analysis, the second,  NHS duty, statutory provisions, covers the present legal situation covering the …


Letter to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell

Dear Sir Gus

I am writing to you as Cabinet Secretary regarding my concern about constitutional implications surrounding the Health and Social Care Bill. I am well aware that it is acceptable for a Secretary of State, once a Bill has received its Second Reading in the House of Commons, to take certain steps in relation to Bills that are before Parliament. I have consulted the Clerks in Parliament and …


Fatally flawed: Yes to the NHS Internal Market – No to the External Market

Published on the Thursday, 31 March 2011

Download Paper here, in full including references.

Introduction

Prior to the 2010 General Election David Cameron, who was to become the new Prime Minister in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition, had brilliantly defused the NHS as an issue which traditionally had won votes for Labour and lost votes for the Conservatives.


House of Lords Debate on NHS; Standards of Care and Commissioning

THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2011

Lord Owen (Crossbench)

The NHS is dear to us all, and the care and health professions have made a difference to pretty well every family in this country. However, the 353 pages of the Health and Social Care Bill are a massive reform, and we should not underrate the basic fatal flaws in this legislation, although of course there is much that we can all recommend …