My good friend Baroness Murphy observes that just because you are mad it doesn’t mean you are necessarily wrong! (See her post below)
My evidence for the Health and Social Care Bill being a mad policy choice is that everyone including the Government will suffer for bringing in a Bill that was quite unnescessary. For those in doubt about the quality of the NHS which is now seen around the world as an efficient system see:
Or the following quote taken from it:
“Among the seven nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last overall, as it did in the 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last on dimensions of access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and equity. The Netherlands ranks first, followed closely by the U.K. and Australia. The 2010 edition includes data from the seven countries and incorporates patients’ and physicians’ survey results on care experiences and ratings on various dimensions of care.”
All of which leads me to the conclusion that following the painful passage of this Bill Government supporters are into flagellation!