Nurses for ReformBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1371 (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1371
- Tamasin Cave, lobbying editor, Spin Profiles
When David Cameron held an hour long meeting with the campaign group Nurses for Reform (NFR) before Christmas to discuss “NFR’s ideas on the future of health policy,”1 few could have predicted the ensuing furore.
The Tory leader woke on New Year’s Day to a press report of the meeting headlined “Cam’s plan to pan NHS,”2 forcing him to restate his “wholehearted commitment” to free health care and to reassure the public that the NHS will be safe in Conservative hands.3 4
NFR is a “growing pan-European network of nurses” that campaigns for “consumer-led reform” of the healthcare system in Britain and abroad that is based on “competition” rather than “bland egalitarianism.”5It has labelled the NHS “a Stalinist, nationalised abhorrence” and given its seal of approval to a theory that the history behind the NHS and the eugenics movement have common elements.6 7
NFR’s director, Helen Evans, wrote that the “really heartening thing” about the controversy over the Cameron meeting was that “dozens” of …