David Cameron. Hypocrite?

24th February, 2012 1:49 pm

Today we discovered that William Hague will be speaking at an anti NHS cuts rally. Four years ago, at an NHS rally of his own, David Cameron said:

“Politicians have got to understand that and start trusting the professionals that we train in our Health Service, to run our Health Service. Those are the values – trusting the professionals, trusting people – those are the values that inspire me, that inspire Andrew Lansley.”

So why didn’t the PM invite the BMA, or the Royal College of Nursing to his “NHS summit”? Why does he ignore their concerns about the Lansley reforms? What kind of trust is he showing in doctors and nurses right now?

(h/t – The excellent SturdyAlex. You can see the video of this speech at his Sturdyblog)

  • AnotherOldBoy

    The representatives of the BMA and the RCN are not the same as the members of those bodies.

    The reforms whcih the Prime Minister and Mr Lansley are pushing through are desgined to give effect to what Mr Cameron said 4 years ago: they involve trusting the professionals to run the NHS, for example through commissioning by GPs.

    It would be wrong to surrender control of NHS policy to the leaders of the BMA and the RCN.  It is right to give their members a greater role in running the NHS.

    • Dave Postles

       By the same token, you are not representative of the public/patients and nor are those GPs colluding in the ad hoc dismantling of the current system representative of all GPs.  GPs are not representative of all the professionals in the NHS – perhaps the least representative because they are the only ones entirely in private practice and not working inside the hospitals. The public approval rating of the NHS is very high and poll data suggest that its response to the bill/reorganization is severely negative.  This sheer stubbornness looks like it will rebound on Cameron. 

      • treborc

         Who are the members of the NHS, surely that’s the people who have paid National insurance stamps.

    • Dave Postles


  • geedee0520

    Weren’t the BMA against the formation of the NHS originally?

    • Slakah

      This is a poor argument, organisations and society as a whole change after 67 years, let’s not forget section 28 and Lord Rothermere’s support of Hitler. Also at first glance it doesn’t appear to be true http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Medical_Association#The_BMA_and_the_NHS

      • Syg21

        Eisenhower was right…we fought the wrong enemy

      • M Cannon

        but it suggests that the BMA are not infallible.

  • TomFairfax

    Key points (made a year or so before):
    – Lansley’s projected savings from Privatising services and reorganisation are smaller than the  margin in the annual accounts of the NHS, so effectively unverifiable.
    – If implemented, every single thing that goes wrong between now and whenever they get turfed out for incompetence will be held to be the responsibility of the Tory goverment.

    It’s not just bad politics, it’s lacking in all business sense. I wonder if Andrew is simply relying on ‘common sense’ of the type that held the sun orbits the earth, or that the cabinet have the collective IQ of my dog. (I hasten to add that said dog  thinks doors open if she sits looking at them for long enough. Which of course they do eventually, as all doors do.)

    • derek

      @Thomas, I’m kind of thinking of a room (no more than 8×3) with one door that can be securely locked where Lansley can languish his anguish for hours……Lock the door!!!!!!!!! 

      • TomFairfax

         Hopefully he doesn’t waste too much time looking at the door if you have the key :o)

        • derek



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