When Andrew Lansley proudly published Liberating the NHS on 9 July 2010, he had many reasons to be cheerful. It was sunny. The NHS plans he’d long talked about were moving towards reality. Being in a coalition government hadn’t derailed his strategy too much. He had also set a new record: taking a mere 62 days since the election to publish a health white paper.
With Jeremy Hunt now back at the Department of Health, let’s look at what will be happening behind the scenes to turn post-election ideas into government policy…
Right. Let me level with you: I started writing this blog – about what the election result has told us about the shape of future health policy – prior to the polls closing. I’ve since deleted every word I wrote.
From 10pm on Thursday night it was clear that we were likely to get a completely different outcome to what earlier opinion polls had predicted. It’s going to take a while to fully comprehend what the BBC’s Robert Peston has already described as the 'most significant election of my life'.
However there are already some clear implications for health policy – here’s my take and please do give your views in the comments below.
I used to play squash. I largely played with my family, and I thought I was pretty good. Three days into university, I happily agreed to a game with a fellow fresher. After 30 minutes of forlornly chasing shots I couldn’t reach, I gave up and went home realising I wasn’t good, I wasn’t even average – I was bad. Very bad.