You should be able to choose which hospital you go to.
Go to any hospital, you’ll find wards that are run by senior nurses with matrons. The point is do they have the power, do they have the responsibility inside the hospital?
The NHS is a national organisation, but it is best delivered locally.
It is more important to engage the public positively with choice and competition to everyone than to be directed into a benefit for a minority.
When you have an election campaign,it has to be simple and something everybody can relate to.
I am not saying do not give people equal health services but do not pretend that giving more money for diabetes or chronic diseases means you are going to deal with the origins of health inequalities.
The NHS should be proactively using substantial resources across government to intervene and try to deliver positive improvements in people’s standards of living.
I was shadow health secretary for six years, and the beauty of being in opposition – if there is any beauty – is that you tend to get a pretty unvarnished view because no one bothers to paint the coal white before you turn up.
I’m not going to go mystery shopping in the NHS because we have a million people every day using it and rating its facilities.
The vast majority of people who speak to me say they have had brilliant care. When they are critical, their concern tends not to be directed at the medical side but the ancillary things that surround it, such as helping patients to eat meals, cleanliness, and making sure that when patients have a problem, they are listened to.
We must aim for a zero-tolerance approach to hospital-acquired infections; we have to be clear about who’s in charge at ward level, so there’s proper accountability, and we need to reduce the reliance on agency nursing staff.
It is in my heart that I believe most strongly that our future is within a reformed E.U. – not least because we now live in a global marketplace.
As part of the E.U., my children can have the freedom and the opportunity to work and live across Europe; to be ambitious in the world’s largest market; and to access so much of the history, the culture and the opportunity which is our common European heritage.
If, like me, nothing is more important to you than our children’s future, then their opportunities must be protected.
We should not make the mistake of equating the E.U. with Europe. Outside the E.U., we wouldn’t cease to be Europeans. But, an exit would definitely risk losing those opportunities for our children while growing no similar opportunities elsewhere.
We have had significant success in the reduction of salt in food, but it has to be understood that this can only be achieved working with the industry on a voluntary basis… and it can only be done on an incremental basis.
You can’t simply slash the sugar in food; otherwise, people simply won’t accept it.
I think we have to understand that sugar is an essential component of food; it’s just that sugar in excess is an inappropriate and unhelpful diet.
I want to make it clear that the lobbying sector does an important job. It is very useful to the government to hear the views of a broad range of groups to make sure we get the best.
Experience in other countries shows how big money, rather than the best political candidate, can influence politics.
The Transparency Bill is something we should all support – practical steps in promoting an open and accountable democracy.
As a Coalition Government, we inherited a legacy of lack of trust and confidence in political system.