Faced with the prospect of a crushing defeat at the hands of Lords crossbenchers, the coalition has been forced into a humiliating climbdown on the Lobbying Bill.  And with the legislation — the parliamentary charge of Andrew Lansley — now the subject of a six-week pause, it’s worth remembering the last time this happened and who […]

A private equity tycoon linked to £300,000 in donations to the Conservative Party has been given a peerage and a job in government. John Nash is the new education minister, replacing Lord Hill — the peer who tried (and ineptly failed) to resign from the government but has now finds himself the Tories’ leader in the Other Place. […]

The CEO of the US bank accused of “scheming” with Iran to dodge economic sanctions is a top executive at the Department for Health. Peter Sands was appointed lead non-executive director at DH by, erm, Andrew Lansley last year. Sands served as CEO of Standard Chartered bank from 2006, which overlapped with the 2001-2010 period […]

A member of the government has taken to Twitter to attack Andrew Lansley over the closure of a specialist children’s heart unit at a hospital near her constituency, claiming that the health secretary had refused to meet with local MPs before making the decision. Nicky Morgan, PPS to universities minister David Willetts, said she was […]

If you thought the NHS restructuring document we on Tuesday evening on our earlier post looked confusing, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Highlighted on Twitter yesterday, Lansley’s Commissioning Board Special Health Authority have published a mind-boggling flow-chart they call the Commissioning Intelligence Model (full version). The chart lists a whopping 70 questions which NHS execs […]

The coalition’s NHS reforms will sweep away bureaucracy, insisted Robert Halfon MP today in the latest attempt to shore up a fatally wounded Andrew Lansley. He obviously hasn’t seen the chaotic plans for NHS London leaked to investigative journalist David Hencke. Lansley’s reforms will abolish the binary system of Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, […]

Minister pursued down corridors at Royal Free Hospital Hospital staff were “hand-picked” to minimise trouble Journalist banned from visit still grabs picture Andrew Lansley was pursued down hospital corridors this afternoon, according to journalists on the scene at North London’s Royal Free. While print and online journalists were kept away from the health secretary, local […]