Andrew Lansley: what the new health secretary has in store for the NHS

Everything you always wanted to know about the new health secretary* (but were afraid to ask).

Will Mr Lansley be able to deliver?
Will Mr Lansley be able to deliver?

Andrew Lansley may be new to the post of health secretary but he has been waiting in the wings since 2003.

The views of the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire on all the issues affecting primary care have been well-documented in GP newspaper and on Healthcare Republic during his seven years as shadow health secretary.

Here we provide a snapshot of Mr Lansley’s policy pronouncements during the long wait for power. The question is, will he be able to deliver now that he at last has his seat in Richmond House?

On private providers versus the NHS
'Imagine if people locally could get meat at whatever shop they wanted and didn't have to pay for it. Wouldn't they go to the butcher who offered the best quality service?'

On accepting a donation from a private health firm
Mr Lansley did not comment directly on the scandal but a Tory spokesperson said they had been completely transparent about the donation and that donations from private individuals 'in no way influence policy-making decisions'.

On out-of-hours services
‘GPs should be responsible.’

On integrated care organisations
'I don't think we need a new organisation. Integrated care, in my view, should be the central task of primary care commissioners.'

On dual registration
'Access to GPs is not a major problem.'

On his expenses being revealed
In May 2009, Andrew Lansley faced criticism for claiming £4,600 for the redecoration of his second home just months before selling it. The then shadow health secretary didn't comment on The Daily Telegraph's report that he had tried to claim for a £116 barbecue and £63 for plants but was refused because plants and garden furniture were not admissible.

On commissioning budgets for GPs
'We would need a new contract. And legislation, too.'

On the need for more NHS efficiency savings
‘We may need to do more because we have increases in demand in the NHS and a need to improve the outcomes.’

On NHS bureaucracy
In his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last year, the then shadow health secretary said that the administrative costs of SHAs, PCTs, quangos and the DoH amounts to £4.38bn a year and promised he would cut those costs by a third.

On empowering GPs
Back in 2008, during the previous party conference in Birmingham, Mr Lansley promised to 'put power and responsibility back in the hands of GPs,'  by giving them the power and budget to commission services for patients with a new independent health board overseeing the purchasing of services.

On the funding of social care
‘I could not and would not accept a compulsory levy on every person to pay for a national care service.’

On public health services

‘Public health services have been a Cinderella service, first to be cut when deficits hit.’

On vascular screening in practices
The health secretary said before the election he may scrap the vascular health checks being rolled out across England if the Tories were elected, dubbing the checks inadequate.

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