Fri 18 Dec 2009
I am pleased to confirm that earlier this week I had an interesting hour with Tory leader David Cameron in his private office in the House of Commons. I had been invited by him to discuss NFR’s ideas on the future of health policy and presented a range of ideas. Amongst others, these included the end of national collective pay bargaining for nurses and doctors, the view that the state should not own or have any of its agents manage hospitals, a world of widespread health advertising (to overcome problems of patient ignorance through trusted brands) and a dramatic liberalisation of hospital planning laws. On this latter point, central government should have no say in when and where any hospital is opened or closed. If he becomes Prime Minister I have no doubt NFR will meet with him and his policy team again. But whatever happens, he can rest assured that NFR will remain very much on the outside of his – and any other party political – tent. As a libertarian organisation, NFR has a profound mistrust of all politicians. As such, we will remain dangerous and continue to think the unthinkable.