It looks like the Health and Social Care Bill is heading for the operating theatre if not the morgue. The excellent Conservative Home website has sacked the Bill this morning in an editorial.
I agree with them. The Bill is not necessary to reduce inefficiency, that can be done with existing legislation. At the core of the Bill is GP-led commissioning. I think GPs are the worst people to be given more power over my health: they are generally rude, arrogant and many are patently incompetent. One area I would focus on, which again does not need new legislation, is better performance management of nurses who leave our elderly grandmothers to wallow in their own faeces, and thirsty because they don’t provide drinking water.
I also agree with Conservative Home because the Bill has been an unmitigated communication disaster: no one outside of Government understands it, the humble Tory activist can’t explain it on the doorstep, and it is being led by a dull man called Andrew Lansley.
Now Mr Lansley is a decent chap who I met during the 2005 General Election campaign when I led the Ipswich candidate’s campaign. But he was as dull as dishwater. Why on earth did Cameron think it was a good idea to give the mother of all political hot potatoes to Mr Lansley? I do not know!
The Health and Social Care Bill should be taken out and shot. Once we have a real Conservative Government in power we can really start the operation the NHS desperately needs to stop it treating our elderly in such a disgusting manner.
RIP Health and Social Care Bill. No Flowers.