UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Health White Paper is full of liberal principles – Burstow

Press Release   •   Sep 20, 2010 12:25 BST

"We were among the first to argue for patient choice and empowerment, first to demand more autonomy for health professionals, first to push for more social enterprises in health and care"

Today at the start of the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2010, Liberal Democrat Minister of State for Health, Paul Burstow held a consultation session with Conference delegates on the Health White Paper.

Opening the session, Paul Burstow said:

“For years, Liberal Democrats have led the debate about public service reform re-imagining public service.

“We were among the first to argue for patient choice and empowerment, first to demand more autonomy for health professionals, first to push for more social enterprises in health and care, first to insist on joined up health and social care and first to make the case for community politics, where decisions are taken by or close to the people they affect most.

“Every one of these causes runs through our White Paper.”