New government will put politics before policy, but money ahead of both, health expert says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2620
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. 1BMJ

    Politics is likely to take precedence over policy in the running of the NHS over the next five years, a former adviser to Tony Blair told an awards meeting in London on 12 May.

    Paul Corrigan, chairman of the advisory board of the healthcare intelligence firm CHKS, said that the priority for the new coalition government will be to strengthen and develop that coalition. The most important point that the Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians will want to make is that the two parties agree with each other and that any differences between them are inconsequential, he said.

    “What you are going to see is the media looking for differences and the two parties saying that the differences do not matter,” Mr Corrigan told the CHKS 10th annual awards ceremony. …

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