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Bury the bill

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 26 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4050

Mark the Grave

Delamothe et al propose that the Health and Social Care Bill be
buried in an unmarked grave.1 While I agree that it should be buried,
preferably six feet under and encased in concrete, it would be unwise to
bury it in a grave that is unmarked.

"Mr Lansley's monster" should be laid to rest in a marked grave with
a large headstone outlining exactly what he planned to do to the NHS in
England.2 This would act as a reminder so that future Health Secretaries
do not repeat his mistakes. There should be a proper funeral, and the
lessons learned from this episode should be engraved on the headstone for
all to see.

It remains a concern that this bill, with its 181 tabled amendments,
may clear the house before the summer parliamentary recess. There are too
many amendments. It is not the same bill. I agree that burial should
occur, but internment must be in a marked grave close to Westminster, so
that politicians do not come up with a new NHS bill with the same flaws as
we've seen with this one.

1. BMJ 2011;342:d4050

2. BMJ 2011;342:d4129

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 July 2011
Christopher Smith
Anaesthetic Registrar
Hull Royal Infirmary