Change policy not leader

Dear Sir,

So the government is taking a beating and “the most talked about solution is changing the leader”. Have politicians become so out of touch and cynical that they have forgotten it might be their policies that voters are rejecting?

Earlier this month I was at a packed meeting in Edinburgh where Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish health secretary, told the largely medical audience that there would be no place for the commercial sector in providing primary care in Scotland. She received a long and heartfelt standing ovation.

The government could win back a million-plus healthcare voters in England by reversing their deeply unpopular policy of farming the NHS out to commercial companies.

It’s the policies, stupid!

Dr Jacky Davis
Co-chair NHS Consultants Association

Letters: Guardian Monday July 28
(following result of Glasgow East by-election)

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