This Bill finally completed its weary journey through the House of Lords yesterday. I am still trying to work out whether the Government was mad or bad in pushing it through.
It is bad because it will increase bureaucracy and costs without improving front line services. It is mad because the Government has alienated the very people it wanted to please – the NHS workers and the public. There are some good things in the Bill but they could have been done under the existing flexible legislation. The Bill was unnecessary.
So was the Government mad or bad to bring in this Bill? My money is on mad. When political party’s try and please the voters on a specific issue and then upset the majority of them I count that as mad.