A Better NHS

The National Health Service is the jewel in the crown of great Liberal ideas. In the midst of your Spring conference, I urge you to be reawakened by the spirit of Beveridge and return our NHS from the precipice to which your partners in government are pushing it.

‘We should regard want, idleness, ignorance, squalor and disease as enemies of us all …..That is the meaning a social conscience, that we refuse to make a separate peace with evil.’  Quite so. Beveridge’s vision of a welfare state should still say it all for the party you lead.  The proposals in the Health and Social Care Bill will lead to the break up of the greatest statement of Liberal aspiration for fairness and free health care for all, based on need, not on ability to pay.  The current proposals lay open our most cherished public service to the perversity of…

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