» Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Patricia Hewitt, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied absolutely. That was obvious from listening to the substance of the Prime Minister’s answers in PMQs earlier today. Patricia Hewitt was taking the hard decisions, which whilst not popular with certain sections of the medical profession in the short term, were laying the foundations for not just long term survival but also the long term success of the National Health Service. We had to move to a system that concentrated specialist services where they needed to be concentrated, and where medical technology and clinical practice were driving provision. Specialist resources should be concentrated where they were needed, but much more should be provided at the sharp end, in GP practises for example, where routine operations can be carried out at that level. Those were the decisions that needed to be taken for the long term success of the Health Service. Patricia Hewitt was driving that forward.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Search for related news

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Post a public comment

(You must give an email address, but it will not be displayed to the public.)
(You may give your website, and it will be displayed to the public.)


This is not a way of contacting the Prime Minister. If you would like to contact the Prime Minister, go to the 10 Downing Street official site.

Privacy note: Shortly after posting, your name and comment will be displayed on the site. This means that people searching for your name on the Internet will be able to find and read your comment.

Downing Street Says...

The unofficial site which lets you comment on the UK Prime Minister's official briefings. About us...


May 2007
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« Apr   Jun »

Supported by


Disruptive Proactivity

Recent Briefings



Syndicate (RSS/XML)



Contact Sam Smith.

This site is powered by WordPress. Theme by Jag Singh