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Senior Tories admit NHS reorganisation was worst mistake since being in government

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6221 (Published 14 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6221
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Senior Conservative politicians have admitted that their controversial reorganisation of the NHS in England was the worst mistake they have made since being in government, the Times newspaper has reported.

The report claims that Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne regretted their failure to understand the scale and effects of the plans devised by the former health secretary Andrew Lansley, described by one insider as “unintelligible gobbledygook.”1

It said that Downing Street officials now regarded the changes as a “huge strategic error,” with a former adviser to Number 10 quoted as saying, “No one apart from Lansley had a clue what he was really embarking on, certainly not …

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