Her mission from Rishi Sunak will have been simple: keep the health service quiet until the next election.
The Government needs to resist the clamour from ideological libertarians and give people the tools they need to lead healthy lives and address the culture of the nation towards food, activity, and looking after yourself, as they do in other healthier countries.
Too often, British policy ends up in thrall to vested interests, who peddle a narrative that any deviation from the status quo is either reckless or impossible.
The sad reality is that the NHS is marking its 75th anniversary with record levels of funding, record waiting lists, and record dissatisfaction.
We should not let dogma get in the way of greater efficiencies and better outcomes for patients and their families.
He tells Ridge that “we’ve got to acknowledge the NHS isn’t on its knees, it’s on its face.”
Talking a good game about the health service’s failings is a very different art to ending an unsustainable model.
It would be to all our benefit if our healthcare system played a less dramatic role in our elections; it has been a political football for too long.
Foreign labour is an alternative to ministers facing up to how successive governments have gummed up domestic training and recruitment of medical staff.
The performance of the service is a product of a series of poor choices over the years. Putting those choices right would see it improve quickly.
A new ranking shows that despite mid-table spending, the British people are not getting the healthcare they deserve.
As more and more people turn to private health providers, the narrative is finally shifting.
The Health and Care Bill threatens to stifle on the ground innovation in the health service.