From The Spectator’s “Coffee House” blog:
By James Forsyth
…It is worth reminding ourselves of what Nick Clegg was saying about these (NHS) reforms back at the start of the year. On January 23rd, he went on the Andrew Marr show and had this exchange:
Huge change to the NHS just coming down the line. Was that in the Liberal Democrat manifesto?
Actually funnily enough it was. Indeed it was. We were one of the primary critics in opposition of what we felt was a top …
(over) I don’t remember you saying you were going to get rid of Primary Care Trusts and pass it down to GPs.
We certainly said we were going to get rid of Primary Care Trusts.’
If you read the whole transcript, you see that Clegg was fully signed up to the reforms. He even said that doctors “can’t look after the clinical well-being of a patient if at the same time your decisions don’t lead to financial consequences.”
In truth, both Cameron and Clegg have known what Lansley was planning for months. If Clegg wanted ‘substantial changes’ to the bill, why didn’t he ask for them months ago?