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Through historians’ eyes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1112
  1. Jane Smith, deputy editor, BMJ
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Future historians of the NHS might look back on the early months of 2012 and wonder why so many health professionals and politicians suddenly started agitating against the NHS Health and Social Care Bill so late in the day (as the bill comes to the end of its passage through parliament). People have been criticising the bill since it was first published (BMJ 2011;342:d408, doi:10.1136/bmj.d408), but only now are organisations, and the Labour party opposition, calling for the bill to be withdrawn. A news story gives the list of those opposing the bill and also reports on a leaked risk assessment to ministers pointing out that a major risk of the bill is that the NHS could become unaffordable as private …

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