» Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Asked whether the PM has been influenced by Lynton Crosby on cigarette packaging, the PMS said that Lynton Crosby does not provide advice to government, he does election strategy for the Conservative party.

Asked about health ministers? meetings with tobacco companies, the PMS said that ministers? meetings are published and referred the lobby to the Department of Health for detail on its meetings.

Asked about nursing numbers in the NHS, the PMS said that Professor Sir Bruce Keogh?s report makes the point that decisions around staffing are for directors in local organisations. The right staffing mix is up to local hospitals.

Asked why the government does not set a minimum staffing level, the PMS said that Prof Sir Bruce Keogh?s report notes that guidance is given on staffing levels. He also pointed to the hospital inspection regime and that the government is overhauling this inspection regime and moving from generalist to specialist inspectors.

Asked whether the PM is concerned about staffing levels, the PMS said that the government is concerned about ensuring the NHS continues to receive the sort of investment the government has given, which has led to investment in clinical staff, new technologies and more operations.

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