There are going to be some very interesting times ahead for British healthcare as we approach the next general election.  With the arrival of Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats there is going to be a battle with the Conservatives for the middle and centre right of British politics and it looks like healthcare may well be the opening gambit.

In this  article in the Sunday Telegraph, Clegg begins to set out his party’s plans for healthcare provision.  Gone are the days when there are calls for increased taxation to pay for the full blown state provision and funding of healthcare for all.  As Mr Clegg knows this is unworkable, unsustainable and unaffordable.  Instead he calls for the use of the private sector to back up the NHS when it cannot achieve certain targets.

This does not go far enough for NFR, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

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