Parliament prepares for a health audit

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1394
  1. John Warden

    For an administration that shies away from health legislation the British government is in the unlikely position of having to pilot three separate health bills through the new session of parliament (p 1389). Having previously thought themselves overexposed with one bill, ministers will now have to put their heads above the parapet three times: on health service restructuring, the performance of doctors, and supervision of mentally ill people in the community.

    This all comes about because at a late stage the cabinet got cold feet about privatising the Royal Mail. The consequent gap in the Queen's speech prompted opposition assertions that after 15 years of office the Conservatives had finally run out of steam. That hit a sensitive nerve in Downing Street and the call went out for departments to come …

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