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Cameron has given up on NHS reform – and has put the health service at risk

In an op-ed, Senior Researcher Cathy Corrie said:

The NHS costs £110 billion a year in England alone, amounting to around 7 per cent of GDP. It employs more than 1.3 million people, and its success or failure touches all of our lives, while indirectly affecting the strength of every business.

So it matters that, as reported yesterday, the government now sees its NHS policy as a “huge strategic error”. Apparently neither David Cameron nor George Osborne understood their party’s health policy at the beginning of this Parliament. One Downing Street adviser said that the Prime Minister did not “have a clue”. So it was no surprise that the government lost confidence in its own major NHS reforms in 2011, even before they were actually implemented.


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