The book, published jointly by the Institute for Government and The King’s Fund, focuses on what Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, is trying to achieve through the NHS reforms and considers the role the Liberal Democrats played in introducing amendments to the legislation and passing the Bill.
Written by ex-Financial Times public policy editor Nicholas Timmins, the book discusses:
- the fact that details of the NHS reforms remained unclear before the May 2010 election
- how ‘the pause’ to the legislation came about
- the appointment of Sir David Nicholson as chief executive designate of the NHS Commissioning Board
- Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, reviving opposition to the Bill
- how the coalition government helped the passage of the legislation through the House of Lords.
See the key moments that led to the Act reaching the statute book in our Health and Social Care Act timeline
Read Anna Dixon’s blog: Evolution or revolution: the story behind the Health and Social Care Act 2012