Tag Archive for Health and Social Care Bill

Health and Social Care Bill

Lord Norton

The Constitution Committee has published a report on the Health and Social Care Bill.  The remit of the committee is confined to the constitutional implications of the Bill and we are concerned that the Bill, in its current form, risks diluting the Government’s constitutional responsibilities with regard to the NHS.  You can read the report…

Revisions and decisions on healthcare

Baroness Murphy

It was a good day yesterday to observe the totally different styles of debate in the Commons and the Lords. At 3.53pm Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health started giving his statement in the Commons about the government’s response to the NHS Futures Forum (That’s the ‘listening exercise’ to suggest ways of amending the…

Listening but not learning?

Baroness Thornton

As a lifelong atheist I do know how it feels to believe your view is the right one even when you are in a minority in a world of religious believers. However Baroness Murphy shows a touching faith in the rightness of Governments which I did not even share when I was a Minister in…

An unhealthy debate

Baroness Murphy

Andrew Lansley’s  Commons statement on the Government’s decision to pause and think further on the Health and Social Care Bill was read in our Chamber by Earl Howe this evening, a sensible decision given the political noise. Lady Thornton doesn’t like it, very few people like it. I may prove to be the only person in Parliament…

Sack the lot!

Baroness Thornton

The Commons ended their Committee consideration of the Health and Social Care Bill last Thursday. The proceedings illustrate that parallel universes really do exist. There is the one inhabited by Simon Burn MP, his boss Andrew Lansley MP and other Health Ministers and then there is the world the rest of us inhabit. The first…