Why Andrew Lansley is a convenient scapegoat for any future problems in the NHS

February 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

The Conservatives are faltering over their NHS reform. The much amended bill has Tories are breaking ranks.

The problem is that the NHS is a beast that needs a 2% increase in funds year-on-year in order to keep it running. Andrew Lansley was faced with dealing a 4% cut to the service so whatever path Lansley took was going to be controversial.

The Bill has to make it into law by March the 28th or the Tories could be in real trouble. If the bill is still being debated, would-be-Conservative councillors will face some tough questions on the doorstep.

Lansley’s bill was about ‘promoting competition’. Whether or not this has been watered down by the amendment process remains to be seen. However, it is still the case that American or European companies will bid for profitable parts of the NHS. It is exactly this competition that the Lords have reservations about.

What does this mean for Lansley then? Lansley been positioned as the linchpin of this bill and it will almost certainly be the end of him. If the bill doesn’t quite make it into law, an unlikely scenario I’ll agree, he’ll take the blame. If, on the other hand, it does, it will leave him exposed to any amount of criticism from Labour come the next general election. Any future funding problems, longer waiting lists, or tabloid horror stories will inevitably be jumped upon by the opposition and used as evidence against Lansley and the Tories’ maltreatment of the NHS.

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