Attempts to make the NHS sound socialist and therefore, scary

The Telegraph - 5 April 2011
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Describing the NHS and the need for 'reform', Fraser Nelson criticises the existing NHS as "a slice of East Germany". Presumably Nelson is not aware of the achievements of East German healthcare system. Armed with his knowledge of the NHS, he goes on to claim that the reforms are 'prefectly sensible'.

It is worth remembering a quote by former labour MP Tony Benn (How we are governed now, 1/3/2011): "It should now be obvious to everybody that the words 'modernization' and 'reform' are simply being used to justify an attack on the public services"
Excerpt:
It [the NHS] is a country within a country: a slice of East Germany woven into Britain

The tragedy is that Lansley's plans are perfectly sensible.


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