Focus: Westminster – Labour would freeze funds for NHSBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.323o (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:323
- John Warden
The House of Commons spent almost nine hours last week debating aspects of the National Health Service. It arose in adjournment debates, at prime minister's questions, and in an opposition motion. Background buzz of an early general election made the connection a depressingly obvious indication of what lies ahead.
There was also the irony of sick MPs being wheeled in to vote ostensibly on health but in reality to save the government. The government's majority in the house now comes and goes with the mortality of MPs. Ahead of the health debate it was zero, dropped to minus one when a Conservative MP died, but returned …