“I want to know how we drive the NHS to be a fantastic business …”
No. Don’t look away. I know you’d prefer to. But don’t. Stick around and watch him say it. Watch it several times. On a day like today, you really cannot afford not to remember …
Meanwhile, as Cameron claims there are no risks to such a misadventure, we get this story from the Standard this afternoon:
Andrew Lansley was today ordered to release a secret report on the risks he is taking with his NHS reforms.
The Evening Standard has won a landmark legal victory forcing the Health Secretary to hand over the document which his department had sought to keep under wraps for nearly a year.
The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham found that the Department of Health twice breached the freedom of information law in failing to disclose its strategic risk register.
The document is expected to reveal the risks to patient safety, finances and the very workings of the NHS from the unprecedented reshaping of the health service.
Read it in full. It’ll also make you want to weep.
MINISTERS sparked outrage yesterday by handing an NHS hospital over to a private healthcare company with strong Tory links.
Circle Health will start running the hospital early next year under the landmark 10-year deal worth £1billion.
Medics say the move has set a worrying precedent, while unions think it amounts to privatisation and could lead to millions of patients and staff being put at risk.
Circle is backed by two City hedge funds run by Crispin Odey and Paul Ruddock, who have donated £790,000 to the Tories.
And the company employs former Conservative Party health spokesman Mark Simmonds as well as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s ex-aide Christina Lineen.
No way is that in the spirit of armistice, Mr Cameron.
In fact, if we’re being at all objective, all we can really conclude is that it constitutes total war on all possible fronts.