Focus: Westminster: Sir Duncan Nichol breaks new ground

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:832
  1. J Warden

    Health is not a priority on the British political conference circuit this autumn. Among the opposition parties health policy remains in a state of transition between discussion and decision. Labour and the Liberal Democrats talk of crisis but nothing so imminent that their remedies cannot wait: the 1995 conference season will be soon enough. The ruling Conservatives bask in self congratulation and await a conference speech by Virginia Bottomley, the health secretary, on “Making the NHS even better.” This twin impression of lethargy and complacency intensifies the feeling that the politicians cannot rise above the level of events and adopt a more visionary approach to the NHS.

    In the absence of any strong political lead the debate on the NHS's future is being pursued elsewhere. A recent example was the idea floated …

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