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NHS is out of control, says health minister

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NHS is out of control, says health minister

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="The Guardian"]
NHS is out of control, says Tory health minister
Jane Ellison tells private meeting that coalition reforms 'pretty much gave away control of NHS
A Tory health minister was at the centre of controversy after she was secretly recorded saying that the government could no longer exert much day-to-day control over the increasingly stretched NHS.
The public health minister, Jane Ellison, told a private meeting of the Tory Reform Group that providing political direction to the NHS was like being on a high wire without a safety net – which she described as "exciting".
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The remarks were seized on by Labour as evidence that coalition reforms of the NHS driven through by Andrew Lansley, before he was sacked as health secretary in 2012, have created far more confusion and less clear lines of command, rather than greater efficiency. Labour accused Ellison and other ministers of trying to wash their hands of responsibility for the coalition's reforms, as NHS costs soar, waiting lists rise and more and more people are unable to see a GP swiftly. On the tape, leaked to the Observer, the minister appears to place responsibility for the government's declining influence on the NHS on the reforms themselves, saying that power has been given away without the public realising. Ellison, a health minister since last October, said that Lansley's successor Jeremy Hunt had done a "brilliant job", "turning the narrative round" from one focused on reform of NHS structures to one focusing on patients and patient care.
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Re: NHS is out of control, says health minister

When you ask foxes to run the hen house there is likely to be a future egg shortage.
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Re: NHS is out of control, says health minister

Absolutely.
You have to wonder why successive governments obsess about the health service: it's very popular, is the cheapest in the world and still manages to produce excellent outcomes.
If it ain't broke ..