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The great divide on the NHS

We must resist the government's efforts to turn the NHS into a market

By David Owen   July 2013

NHS SOS Ed. Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis (Oneworld, £8.99)

God Bless the NHS By Roger Taylor (Faber, £9.99)

Roger Taylor, author of God Bless the NHS: the Truth Behind the Current Crisis, is a journalist who works on the annual Dr Foster Hospital Guide. The heart of this guide is its analysis of hospital safety and outcomes. In 2009, this survey became the centre of a controversy that revealed the ineptitude of the government’s Care Quality Commission.

The Commission—with its 2,000 staff and £150m budget—had given a five out of five rating to Basildon Hospital, despite evidence…

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