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2005 Question to Secretary of State for Health

Challenging government policy…

At the Education and Social Services Conference in Birmingham in October, I challenged the Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt MP, on the impact of non-stop changes in government policy.

Question to Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Health
You highlight the need for partnership working and to focus on outcomes. Please would you explain the reasoning behind the re-organisation of PCTs, and your understanding of the impact this will have on local authorities seeking to work together with our Health colleagues to improve outcomes.

I would like to compare this, if I may, with a kitchen designer who, when the kitchen is almost complete, sees a better design, new technology, so tears the kitchen down and starts again – and does this repeatedly.

And, standing in the kitchen being repeatedly torn down and rebuilt, is someone trying to cook a meal…