Lansley out of DH as BMA demands policy shift

A senior BMA figure said Andrew Lansley did an 'utterly miserable job' after the health secretary was removed from his role in a government reshuffle.

Andrew Lansley: removed as health secretary after doing 'miserable job'
Andrew Lansley: removed as health secretary after doing 'miserable job'

Dr Kailash Chand, who was yesterday elected as BMA deputy chairman, said he welcomed Mr Lansley’s removal from the DH in today’s cabinet reshuffle if it meant he was replaced with someone who did not want to see the marketisation of the NHS.

Dr Chand said: ‘He has done an utterly miserable job. Especially considering he was shadow health secretary for six years. He was unable to explain what he wanted to achieve. He was not a good communicator. In my view he has not been a very good health secretary.

‘I would welcome his ejection if it comes with a change of policy. He epitomised everything that has gone wrong in the last two years in the NHS. A person like me is not against the personality but against the policies.

'The whole drive towards marketisation of the NHS has got to stop.

‘What has happened with the Health and Social Care Act is in enabling them to go towards a US type of healthcare system. Nothing dramatic may happen in the next 18 months because of the next election, but the Act enables it to happen.’

Dr Chand said that although the Act means that PCTs cannot be brought back, there is an opportunity within the secondary legislation especially on defining the role of Monitor to hand NHS organisations 'preferred provider' status.

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