At least, I presume he must have done because he’s written to cabinet ministers telling them that reducing the deficit is the government’s top priority. And, as any fule kno, the NHS reforms are going to cost huge amounts of money so they will not help to reduce the deficit at all. If anything, they will make it worse.
If it really is about the deficit, stupid, then no-one would even consider a pointless and expensive re-organisation of a service that could be made more efficient using its existing structures. Would they?
The Government intends to bring about an NHS information revolution, to correct the imbalance in who knows what.
In a similar vein, Andrew Rawnsley told this story:
A senior official was recently asked whether Number 10 had grasped in advance the magnitude of the impact on the NHS of the Lansley plan. The official replied: “They still don’t.”
OK everybody, all together now…..