Conservative Home this morning has a much publised editorial calling on Cameron to drop the Health Bill. At lunch time Southport Lib Dem MP appeared on BBC World at One pleading with the powers that be to find a way to curtain the agony that the passage of this Bill is causing. You can listen here, it is the second item:
The BBC reports his comments:
Lib Dem MP John Pugh - who has criticised the reforms - told BBC Radio 4's World at One that the ConservativeHome report "chimes .. with what I myself have learnt in conversations with Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in the last few days".
He said the bill had been improved - but was still about the "marketisation of the NHS", and professional and public opinion had "hardened quite considerably against that".
John-along with other Lib Dem MP's -has signed an Early Day Motion
That this House expects the Government to respect the ruling by the Information Commissioner and to publish the risk register associated with the Health and Social Care Bill reforms in advance of Report Stage in the House of Lords in order to ensure that it informs that debate.
We are clearly seeing the final act of Lansley's Bill. Iain Duncan Smith has been identifies as one of the 3 Tory Cabinet members who want to ditch the Bill (and therefore Lansley) I put a health warning on the next quote from Guido
Is Andrew Lansley talking about Tim Montgomery working for IDS?
(Handbags at dawn outside he Cabinet Room?)
“Tim’s sole achievement in politics was to be chief of staff to the most unpopular leader in Conservative history, so forgive us if we don’t take any lessons from him. He clearly wants to take the party back to the bad old days of constant infighting and no policy. He should stick to talking about gay marriage and leave serious issues like the NHS to the grown ups.”
Once again John Pugh has been in the forefront of the debate on the future of the NHS. It is hard to see how the issue can be kept off the agenda at the Lib Dem Conference next month