NHS is Commons combat zone

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1694
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The NHS acquired a higher political profile this week with the appointment of Ann Widdecombe as opposition health spokesperson in the Conservative shadow cabinet.

    Acknowledged to be one of the most combative parliamentarians, Miss Widdecombe has been brought from the backbenches by opposition leader William Hague with the clear intention of targeting the stewardship of the NHS. The NHS has surprisingly become the Achilles heel of …

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