David Cameron has been the Prime Minister since 2010. Every policy has his authority stamped on it. He is ultimately responsible for the policies of government.
In 2010 his government introduced one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in the history of the NHS. It was so unpopular it saw every type of NHS worker oppose that piece of government NHS policy - which is unheard of. Called the Health and Social Care Act the government eventually got their way because of the voting support of the Liberal Democrats.
Back then the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley (eased into the House of Lords now as Lord Lansley) knew his legislation was in trouble so he wrote a letter to all GPs on 16th Feb 2012 to try and smooth the way to the looming vote in the House of Commons.
An extract can be seen here on a vital point of allowing GPs control over who they wish services to be run by - something the profession was very concerned about with many private companies seeking to win NHS contracts.
The full letter can be read HERE
Specifically Lansley said 'I know many of you have read that you will be forced to fragment services, or to put services out to tender. This is absolutely not the case. It is a fundamental principle of the Bill that you as commissioners, not the Secretary of State and not regulators, should decide when and how competition should be used to serve your patients interests.'
Roll the clock forward to 2016. Virgin Care have just driven a cart and horse through the promises of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State in that important letter and over ridden the desire of a local GP led CCG. They have successfully challenged Hull CCG who expressly stated they wanted local NHS GPs to provide general practice from eight of their surgeries. Virgin didn't like this and went to the courts to challenge the CCG desire for local GPs to run the surgeries. They won. The whole process will now follow a costly and time consuming tendering process which Virgin Care will be at the forefront of bidding for. The letter from Lansley isn't worth the paper it is written on. Cameron's promises are worthless. An extract from the article is here
The full article can be found HERE
This quite clearly shows how the profession was misled and how subsequent legislation passed by Cameron allows private companies to challenge decisions of local GPs on CCGs.
It is a disgrace and shows once more how the Conservatives treat the NHS and medical profession with contempt - much like they are doing with the junior doctors at the moment.
There will be more of this to come under the Conservative's NHS which is being slowly parcelled up and sold off to the big corporate companies of the City.
Write to your MP. Quote this article and challenge them and tell them you don't want this happening to your NHS