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TV doc ‘torn’ over gov’s Health Bill


21 February 2012

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The government's proposed Health and Social Care Bill is "better than nothing", according to TV's Dr Christian Jessen.

In an exclusive interview with GPB, the Embarrassing Bodies presenter said that while he didn't agree with the majority of the controversial health reforms, he "felt sorry" for beleaguered Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

The government's proposed Health and Social Care Bill is "better than nothing", according to TV's Dr Christian Jessen.


The government's proposed Health and Social Care Bill is "better than nothing", according to TV's Dr Christian Jessen.

In an exclusive interview with GPB, the Embarrassing Bodies presenter said that while he didn't agree with the majority of the controversial health reforms, he "felt sorry" for beleaguered Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

The government's proposed Health and Social Care Bill is "better than nothing", according to TV's Dr Christian Jessen.

In an exclusive interview with GPB, the Embarrassing Bodies presenter said that while he didn't agree with the majority of the controversial health reforms, he "felt sorry" for beleaguered Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

"I do feel very sorry for our Health Minister. I don't think he has made the right decisions with the health reforms at all, but at least he is sticking his neck out and trying to do something," he said.

Dr Jessen told GPB he feels "torn" over the reforms as he fears the bill will lead to increased profiteering from the NHS and a move to the US-style of healthcare.

However, he said the NHS is a "very different beast" than it was a decade ago and agreed a new GP-led model of care is the way forward.

He criticised the bill's opponents who offered no alternative to Lansley's plans and said "anything is better than nothing".

"The obesity crisis will bring the NHS to its knees if nothing is done," he said.

"Any changes to the NHS are bound to be unpopular but changes are needed if we want to avoid a massive crash in healthcare services."

 

By Louise Naughton

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