“The Social Liberal Forum and senior Lib Dems with expert knowledge of the NHS have long believed that the Health and Social Care Bill is seriously flawed and should only be enacted if substantially amended. It has now emerged that senior Conservative Cabinet Ministers and Conservative Home share the widespread concern over the Bill’s impact.
The NHS is already implementing many substantial changes to how frontline services are delivered in response to financial and demographic pressures – this Bill is irrelevant to those changes which can be carried out without new legislation. Where the reforms underway enhance the social liberal aspects of the healthcare system they should be completed with little further disruption, agreement across Parliament and in concert with the medical profession. The rest of the Bill should be abandoned in the interests of preserving a locally accountable, coordinated, comprehensive and cooperative health service.”