UPDATE THE FULL COPY OF THE BOOK IN QUESTION CAN BE FOUND HERE
LAST PAGE DETAILS THE AUTHORS INCLUDING JEREMY HUNT, VARIOUS PARAGRAPHS OF IMPORTANCE ARE HIGHLIGHTED AS YOU SCROLL THROUGH.
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In a book since almost entirely removed from the internet’s existence, the current Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt co-authored it’s contents which labeled the NHS ‘the national sickness service’. Source.
That book was: ‘Direct Democracy’
According to Mr Hunt’s views, along with other top Conservative MPs such as Michael Gove and MEP Daniel Hannan the NHS “fails to meet public expectations” and is “no longer relevant in the 21st century”. Source.
The Guardian piece also highlights that it was only after an interview in the US in which Hannan expressed anti-NHS rhetoric publicly that senior Conservative MP’s distanced themselves from the comments and the previously supported publications.
“The revelations follow a furious row over Hannan’s recent appearance on US television, in which he told Fox News that the NHS was a “60-year-old mistake” and urged Americans not to adopt a similar system if they wanted efficient, effective healthcare.
Hannan was rapidly slapped down and branded an “eccentric” by Cameron, who has pledged to preserve the health service, and to increase spending on it, without subjecting it to radical structural reform.
Last night Tories listed as co-authors and supporters of Hannan’s writings moved to distance themselves from his views. Gove said: “Dan and Douglas produce many interesting ideas. There are many … that emphatically I do not share. I certainly do not share Dan’s view of the NHS.”
A previous article by the Independant had this to say regarding the matter:
‘Here is a man who, throughout the Murdoch scandal, proved an instinctive champion of corporate power. A pamphlet he co-authored in 2005, Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party, called for the NHS to be denationalised and replaced with a national insurance model. It is even rumoured he attempted to remove the moving NHS tribute from the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
And it gets much, much worse. The new guardian of our health pushed for his constituency’s own NHS Trust to be taken over by Virgin Care in a deal worth £650m.’
Finally read Andy Burnham’s letter to Hunt over the views expressed in the book:
Why is the literature so hard to track down? I’m unsure, but we’re certain it’s real having been given broad media attention at the time. People’s memories are short when it comes to politics, let’s not be fooled again this time. This could potentially be the very book HERE.