Apparently the NHS is to be central in the Conservative Party's Manifesto. David Cameron wants to meet 'mothers' needs' and more maternity care reforms are in the pipeline. Childbirth in the 'non-emergency setting' is nothing new and ironically a lot of dangerous rubbish in this policy area has been forced upon unsuspecting mothers by Labour. When it comes to maternity care the biggest problem is a shortage of Obstetric consultants, the public do not need yet more gimmicky rubbish from politicians that pushes woman into giving birth in dangerous locations.
"Health inequalities in 21st century Britain are as wide as they were in Victorian times... We must target resources at the worst-off areas"
This is disingenuous tat from David Cameron. The reality of health inequality is that it cannot be dealt with adequately by a system that runs with an internal market. The commissioning bureaucracy and market structures mean that the most effective central planning that can best deal with health inequality cannot be used. The tried and tested model of using the best evidence as advised by Public Health experts to guide spending has been thrown out in order to allow the NHS to be privatised with the divisive and inefficient internal market. Politicians who back the market but talk of reducing inequality have no shame, they are either liars or just plain stupid. David Cameron and Gordon Brown may be many things, but they are not stupid.