How to understand Andrew Lansley's Health Bill

Explaining Coalition’s

Health and Social Services Bill


Anyone who doesn’t understand politics will wonder why the Coalition isn’t employing the tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on  from generation to  generation:

Horses for Courses

When you discover that you are riding a dead  horse, best strategy is to dismount ” .  


However, in today’s  Government, more advanced strategies are often  employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing  riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4.  Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead  horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be  included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as  living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead  horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase  speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to  increase the dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity  study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s  performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to  be fed, it is less  costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially  more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other  horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for  all horses.

And of course….

13 Promoting the dead  horse to a supervisory position.

If you don’t understand this  theory, you haven’t lived long enough. 

Any similarity to any Bills currently going through Parliament is entirely intentional.


Being serious:

If you want a brilliant, even-handed analysis of the Bill, go to

Written by Dr. Max Pemberton,  a doctor working in the NHS who believes health care should be affordable for all.


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One thought on “How to understand Andrew Lansley's Health Bill

  1. johanna thomson February 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm Reply

    it should not even be up for discussion, you get sick, you get medical help: I was born in Germany, where the health service is just as good as ours, the difference being that, if you do not reside and work there, you pay. Simple – and effective

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