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Annals of Government Medicine

Here’s an idea: let’s turn our health care over to the government. What could possibly go wrong? The Telegraph reports: “Hundreds of NHS wards to be shut in secret plans.”

Last year, the Government asked NHS authorities to come up with proposals to reorganise the service to save money as a result of the recession. Details have started to emerge of what is likely to be a rolling programme of cuts that contrasts sharply with assurances from Labour and the Tories that the NHS was “safe”.
So far, only the plans for London have come to light. Campaigners claimed the proposals threatened services such as casualty and maternity units at 13 out of 36 hospitals in the capital.
The failure of health authorities in other areas to disclose their response has prompted allegations that proposed closures, which could be politically damaging to the Government, will not be published until after polling day.

One of the strangest things about the current health care debate is that many of the same people who fear insurance companies trust the government.

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