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Although the NHS reform bill is a disaster, introducing competition can still improve health service efficiency

Andrew Lansley’s health reforms are an albatross hanging around the Coalition’s neck. The health secretary’s inability to sell his flagship policy to the electorate has arguably made the bill politically unviable. Criticism from the left and right, perhaps most significantly Conservative Home editor Tim Montgomerie’s call to scrap the proposals, have wounded Lansley to a near fatal extent.

Yet, while the politics behind the reforms have been disastrous, are the…

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