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Friday, 10 February 2012

The NHS : A plan B?

As embattled Lansley looks increasingly vulnerable to the NHS Bill being savaged by yet more amendments. The cracks are beginning to appear in the Governments reforms. Conservative home page reports at least three cabinet ministers who are now sounding warnings about the bill’s future.

The usual line of ‘there is no plan B’ in order to bully through political consensus is looking increasingly weak as this Guardian article illustrates. A ‘plan B’ could secure a future for PCT clusters and super SHAs whilst localising some decision making and budgets.

It still potential allows for further marketisation which will concern UNISON activists ( carrying on what New Labour started) but it stops short of the brutal dismantling that the current proposals signal. Will this plan B give the Tories their bus fare home? A further push in opposition to the bill will brings us tantalising close to its defeat. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/10/conservativehome-attack-nhs-bill?intcmp=239

Anna Rose