Focus: Westminster: Reshuffling the reforms

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:294
  1. J Warden

    Virginia Bottomley stays and Brian Mawhinney goes. The cause and effect of last week's ministerial reshuffle, in as far as it affects the health service, is easily summed up. Dr Mawhinney's promotion to the cabinet as transport secretary ensured that Mrs Bottomley continues as secretary of state for health. For the prime minister to move both the number one and two at the health department would have been taking a gamble. Mawhinney was too good to stay; Bottomley was too valuable to be moved, and it is futile to speculate if some other arrangement should have prevailed. To fill the vacancy for health minister, Mr Major chose a careerist from the Conservative party network, Scots lawyer Gerry Malone, now MP for Winchester. Married …

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