Patsy Burstow and the next great NHS betrayal

Once again the Lib Dems show themselves the willing partners in the Tories’ dismemberment of the NHS, though in the case Paul Burstow there also appears to be a naivety mixed in with the desire to the serve the Tories through his ready acceptance of spurious Tory safeguards. This is another good reason why the Lib Dems deserve no-one’s trust, and should not be allowed anywhere near responsible government.

Mike Sivier's blog

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Patsy n A person regarded as open to victimisation or manipulation; a person upon whom the blame for something falls.

Burstow n A patsy.

It seems a familiar story: The Tories plan legislation that is clearly no good at all – in this case, a legal clause to allow the closure of successful hospitals to prop up failing NHS trusts (Clause 119 of the Care Bill). The Liberal Democrats object and threaten to rebel. The Tories then offer concessions to make it seem less likely that this will happen and the Lib Dems withdraw their objections.

All seems well until the new rules are put to the test. Coalition MPs voiced disquiet at the powers being granted to allow a trust special administrator (TSA) to force through changes at a neighbouring hospital if they consider it necessary to save one that is failing. This power is considered likely to be…

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