If the NHS was a patient, it would be as if it went, feeling a bit queasy, to see its GP more than 20 years ago. Without warning, it was sent straight to hospital, kept in, operated on, helped to recover, operated on again, and again, and then again.
Here's my advice to the prime minister: if you are privately, honestly confident that the Bill will unquestionably be good for the NHS, stick to your guns. But if, away from the public gaze, you harbour doubts and fear that the massed ranks of doctors and nurses might just possibly be right, then pull the Bill.
While I'm no expert in psychological behaviour, I'm left wondering just which one of these Cameron and Lansley are suffering from. Ever since announcing the healthcare reform bill some months ago it has been opposed by over 250,000 medical health professionals, nearly every opposition party, every official medical association, the general public and even, this past week, members of the Conservative Party who would usually jump at such proposals.
Under pressure over his disastrous and unwanted NHS reorganisation at Prime Minister's Questions today - a reorganisation which is diverting billions away from the frontline and which risks 6,000 nurses being laid off - David Cameron repeatedly gave misleading answers about the NHS under the Tories.
As an ex-service user I can appreciate just how much it means to have the same person, who knows you, your case and that you can trust at a time when you are vulnerable. This move to a service which bounces you from team to team dependant on risk in my opinion is nothing short of damaging to the very people the services are designed to protect and take care of.
Last week, we learned that not only are vast swathes of the general public feeling nervous about the Conservative's Healthcare Reform Bill, but so are healthcare professionals. Several healthcare unions have started to sharpen their scalpels.
The British people are rightly proud of their NHS and will campaign to save it from confused, misinformed and ideologically driven changes. By so doing, families will be spared the worry and the misery of having to find the money to treat a sick child like my parents had to do.
I listened with interest to the headlines on Friday about nurses spending time every hour with patients in hospital. Firstly because stories about the...
If you ask any patient about their opinion on a doctor, the first thing they would mention is how much and how well the doctor explained what was going on. In a country where we have some of the best medical care in the world, the provision of clear information my be the competitive playing field; and as long as doctors don't abuse this, patients can only benefit.
Like many other doctors, I am not against the principles of the Health and Social Care Bill or against the theoretical restructuring of the NHS. What worries me is the potentially misguided and hasty way it is being proposed. One only has to look at the outcome of the privatisation of rail services - dire quality and ever inflating fares.
38 Degrees members believe that contacting our MPs and telling them what we think is what living in a democracy is all about. It's not only for certain sorts of people, from one or other end of the political spectrum. It's for all of us.
So the Liberal Democrats have fallen in line behind their Tory masters over the Health and Social Care Bill. Both last night in the House of Lords and in a letter in today's Guardian, they declare that "the time for declaratory statements is past." Well, they can speak for themselves. Plenty of people in the country at large are still disturbed by what the Tory Health Bill will mean for them and want to hear those concerns expressed. There's still a chance to do so in the House of Lords as we examine clause by clause of this massive bill.
This afternoon, the House of Lords votes on whether to allow the Health and Social Care Bill to continue its passage into law. Whatever happens, it is very unlikely that this vote will mark the end of the campaign to protect the NHS.
If the NHS is like a soup-kitchen, it's in the best possible way. 'The NHS isn't some sort of soup kitchen where everyone can just pile in.' That, d...
Look beyond the dull monologues - the self congratulating ones listing off manifesto accomplishments - and cast your mind back to before 2010's general election.
To make a small difference, please sign the petition calling for the withdrawal of the proposed Health and Social Care bill.