Monday, January 28th, 2013

My plan to save the NHS – in the nick of time

Article by Lord Owen published in The Guardian 28 January 2012

All is not lost. We can still shield our health service from the ravages of a full-blooded external market

As I watched the National Health Service celebrated through hospital beds and patients in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony my spirits lifted suddenly, replacing the despair I felt at the passing of the Health and Social Care Act. I could see a way to reinstate the essential legal and democratic basis for the NHS in England by drawing up a short bill to focus a cross-party campaign on restoring the health secretary’s duty to promote and provide as well as secure a comprehensive, integrated health service – while avoiding another unwanted “top down reorganisation”.

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