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NHS listening exercise 'not a gimmick'

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Nick Clegg has claimed the listening exercise for NHS reforms was “not a gimmick” and said the government would make significant changes to legislation.

The deputy prime minister has been talking with patients to discuss concerns over the changes, while the architect of the shake-up, health secretary Andrew Lansley, will meet potential GP consortia.

The events are the first of a series of forums set up after the government declared a “pause” in the parliamentary passage of the legislation implementing the package amid fierce criticism.

Speaking at the forum held at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, Mr Clegg admitted the coalition had not “successfully won the argument”.

“We haven’t yet persuaded enough people in the NHS and elsewhere that what we’re trying to do is good for the NHS,” he said.

“We’ve taken this unusual step to do precisely that. To stop, and to listen, and to learn.

“Let me stress this, it’s not a gimmick, it’s not a PR exercise. We will make changes, we’ll make significant and substantive changes to the legislation which at the moment is - if you like - suspended in the House of Commons in order to make sure that those who perhaps develop some very serious and legitimate doubts about some of the details of the plans feel that it’s now on the right track again and then we can move forward together.”

 

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  • utter bollocks! The sooner we get rid of these idiots the better!

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  • Anonymous | 28-Apr-2011 12:57 pm

    words jsut for the sake of them.

    a golden opportunity to make changes to the faultering health services in our country.

    what makes you think the are idiots? is it just because they are not labour and you have something against any other party or the conservatives?

    the previous government certainly didn't leave with a shining halo as far as patient care was concerned?

    the British workers never look at themselves, they always have to point the finger of blame at others when things go wrong. Don't forget that making change is not magic and those who you refer to as 'idiots' cannot get it right first time round they have to go on fact finding exercises. if you consider yourself better than they why aren't you leading the country instead of them?

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  • Oh no, I actually believe it wasn't a gimmick. What it WAS, was evidence of the government absolutely shi**ing themselves at the merest HINT of action from our profession. The vote of non confidence and the vote for strike action if the government continued threatening our pensions was a shot across the bows that actually made them crap themselves enough to start backpeddling and changing rhetoric faster than they could hand an expense form in.

    Now I don't believe for one moment that they wont still try to bully these reforms through, but now they will be much sneakier about it, trying to 'get Doctors and Nurses on board with the changes' (the PMs own words, not mine). What we need to do is follow through with the warning shots with decisive action. STRIKE NOW!!!!!

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  • re 28-apr-2011 1:07pm

    are you a banker!!!!!!
    obviously you voted in these morons?

    privatisation of the nhs, thats all this eton schoolboy govt (who were never voted in really!) want

    savings of 20 billion needed
    so why is this "CHANGE" costing 3 billion then??

    there all sons of thatcher and we all know what the country was like when she was in charge!!!

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  • nonymous | 28-Apr-2011 2:36 pm

    re 28-apr-2011 1:07pm

    are you a banker!!!!!!
    obviously you voted in these morons?

    that is none of your business. we are here to discuss the article and not other people's professions or who they vote for so take your prejudices elsewhere!

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  • Anonymous | 28-Apr-2011 12:57 pm

    offensive language. reported to moderator.

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  • until now I never realised that there were so many ignorant idiots in nursing although from some i have encountered i have always suspected it and many of the poorly written and badly expressed comments confirm this.

    bring in degress for all where people are taught to think before they can enter the profession,speak for it and take responsibility for the care of other human beings.

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  • Mike makes a good point. The government are just changing tactics, not legislation. It will be interesting to see how they propose to go about pushing through their plans, which of course, they will if we allow them. Judging by some of the comments in this forum, there won't be much effective opposition. Particularly, the individual who reported the first comment author for offensive language. Maybe you need to grow up a bit. And as for degrees for all. Don't kid yourself that people with degrees are any better at caring or behaving professionally than those who don't. I speak as one who has a degree. I was taught facts, not how to think. I prefer to think for myself.

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  • telling other commentators to grow up seems to be a stock phrase in NT comments! Not very mature, original or constructive or helpful in furthering the argument.

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  • Anonymous 28/04/11 8:34pm

    And what original, constructive or helpful comment are you making? If you don't like the cut and thrust of lively debate, then don't participate in the forum. Oh.....and maybe you should grow up.

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