Liberal Democrats end their opposition to health reforms

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7036
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Some Liberal Democrat peers seem to have dropped their opposition to the government’s health reforms in the controversial Health and Social Care Bill after a concession from the government.

Doctors’ representatives and experts, however, have reiterated several concerns with the changes and have proposed amendments to the bill, which is currently at committee stage in the House of Lords on its way to becoming law next year.

A letter signed by 32 Liberal Democrat peers and published in the Guardian newspaper on 25 October ( calls for certainty over the NHS’s future.

The Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams had previously raised concerns that the bill’s clause 1 concerning the health secretary’s role was ambiguous and could be taken to mean that he was no longer legally and constitutionally …

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