The Government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill recently cleared both Houses of Parliament and passed into law for England on March 27.
The negative outcomes of this legislation will be felt by NHS patients and health practitioners for years to come.
Mindful of this, I would like to point out that the Member of Parliament for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, voted for the Bill – a Bill that has been described as an “embarrassment to democracy”.
It is widely predicted that, for people like Mr Hollobone, there will be a political price to pay for forcing this “embarrassment” through Parliament – against the wishes of the majority of the public and the overwhelming majority of health professionals, and without a mandate in the parties’ manifestos or the coalition agreement.
Part of the political fallout of Mr Hollobone’s action is already detectable: 240 healthcare professionals have pledged to stand as candidates against MPs who voted for the Bill.
I wish them every success and hope that, one day, the efficient running of organisations like the NHS will be left to professionals who know what they are doing, and not clueless career politicians.