Health Bill: less bad won’t be good enough

Posted on: 25th January 2012

Commenting in advance of the summit by representatives of the Royal Colleges to decide a position on the Government’s Health & Social Care Bill, a Government supporting Health Select Committee member who voted against the Bill, Andrew George MP called for decisive action:

Mr George said:

“I welcomed the clear conclusions of both the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwifery last week on the Bill.

“I hope others will join them in sending a strong message to Government, and to urge Ministers to honourably withdraw their disruptive and destructive plans – even at this late stage.

“Some argue that the Bill can be improved with changes when it comes back to the Lords next week. However, for the Bill to be worth passing it would have to be changed so radically it would be unrecognisable.

“If all the Lords do is to make the Bill less bad then I’m afraid that won’t be good enough.”


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