Is it right to implement a law before it has been approved by Parliament and then say that the law must be passed because it has already been implemented? Pulse reports that the government will make amendments to the Bill in the Lords but "the principles remain the same, as does the clear direction set out by the reforms". The magazine quotes Dr James Kingsland, special adviser on commissioning at the Department of Health, who said that:
Government advisers were calling for more communication with GPs on the ground, rather than for much tinkering with the bill itselfSo we should not expect any real changes to the Bill. Further they quote a source saying:
"What isn’t going to happen is some sort of rowing back. There are not going to be major changes to the reforms. The horse has already bolted on that one. We’ve already got more than two thirds of the country covered by pathfinders. We’re beyond the tipping point."Is this the right way to make laws? Don't the public have a recourse against a government acting in such a thoroughly undemocratic way?