This is why no-one trusts you, doctor tells Lansley

Dr Phil Hammond hammers the Health Secretary on <em>Question Time</em>.

 

Dr Phil Hammond, the comedian and GP, told Andrew Lansley exactly what he thinks of his health reforms in a heated exchange on last night's Question Time. "It's absolutely impossible to understand it, it is unreadable, there's no narrative, there's no convincing story," he says, as the Health Secretary mumbles.

Hammond criticises Lansley's obsession with competition, pointing out that the word competition appears 86 times in the bill, while co-operation appear four times, and integration and collaboration do not appear once. The Health Secretary is probably used to coming under fire by now, but still appears lost for words.

Hat-tip: Left Foot Forward

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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