Posts Tagged “health”

CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #49: Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies MEPs within the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) group Reason: for stopping the European Commission’s proposal that electronic cigarettes should be treated […]

That NHS spending row in full

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2012

The story: Conservative Health secretary Jeremy Hunt ‘rebuked’ for claiming the Coalition has increased NHS spending in England. The promise: that the NHS budget in England would be increased in real terms during the Coalition. That promise was kept (just) — the 2010 Spending Review committed the Coalition to a 0.1% real-terms annual increase. The [...]

Guess the Author. (PS: the clue’s in the following 2 words, ‘Toynbee, Polly’.)

by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2012

Polly Toynbee writing about the role of private provision in the NHS under Labour:* There is no doubt that putting some services out to tender has vastly improved certain standards over the years, broken the power of vested interests and (…)

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LDVideo: Nick Clegg – “If I thought this Bill was about privatising the NHS, it would never have seen the light of day”

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2012

Nick Clegg took part in an afternoon Q&A at today’s Lib Dem conference, and vigorously defended the changes to the NHS being implemented by the Coalition as amended by the party. Conference representatives earlier voted, by a slim margin of 309 votes to 280, to debate tomorrow morning Shirley Williams’ motion, ‘Saving the NHS’, rather [...]

Do Lib Dem members’ views differ from conference representatives’ views? Here’s what our survey says…

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2012

We published yesterday the results of our survey of Lib Dem members’ views of the Coalition’s NHS reforms. Given the importance of this weekend’s debate at the party’s spring conference, we have also tried to test how Lib Dem members who are conference representative might vote on Sunday, when there is likely to be an [...]

What Lib Dem members think about the NHS Bill: 57% opposed, but majority might back it if significantly amended

by Stephen Tall on March 8, 2012

We’ve been surveying the views of current Lib Dem members this week on your views on the NHS Bill. Over 500 responded, and here’s what you told us… A majority of Lib Dem members – and a majority of Lib Dem members who will be voting delegates at the party’s spring conference at NewcastleGateshead this [...]

Lib Dem members survey: 61% say no to key Coalition health reform

by Stephen Tall on April 26, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results this week. Lib Dems reject key health reform measure 61%-24% LDV asked: The government are [...]

Burstow: “New 111 service will be better than NHS Direct”

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2010

The news broke at the weekend that NHS Direct is to be scrapped by the Coalition Government, and replaced with a new service – 111 – a move anticipated in July’s Health White Paper, in which it was promised to: Develop a coherent 24/7 urgent care service in every area of England that makes sense [...]

Nick Robinson notes Lib Dems’ “important injection of democracy” into Coalition’s NHS plans

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

Mark Pack yesterday noted Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow’s hand at work in the NHS White Paper – it’s a theme also picked up today by the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, who comments on his blog: The proposals for a re-organisation of the NHS included a fundamental and little-noticed change from those contained [...]

LDV readers say: No to a minimum price for alcohol

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

On the day that chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson was recommending that the government establish a minimum price for alcohol (which would see the doubling of the price of many beers and spirits) LDV posed the question: Is it (…)

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