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Exposed- Liberal Democrat response to independent NHS legal advice

September 2nd, 2011 by

We have received a Liberal Democrat document by Paul Burstow MP – the Liberal Democrat Minister for Care Services. In the document Paul Burstow tells Liberal Democrat MPs how to respond to 38 Degrees’s independent legal advice which was published earlier this week.

Unfortunately this document has a number of errors and misrepresentations of the independent legal advice obtained by 38 Degrees.

We have published the full document – along with some draft comments shown in red below. If you have comments or corrections do share them below in comments.

It’s worth pointing out that at many points the document says “38 Degrees” when it appears it should say something like “the independent legal advice paid for by 38 Degrees members”.

Some Lib Dem MPs are now sending Paul Burstow’s document to their constituents. If you’ve received a similar email from your Lib Dem MP you can share this rebuttal by emailing them here.

You can download a PDF of the document here.

Lib Dem RebuttalUpdate:

You can download a PDF of the document here.

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  • Patrick

    May I suggest you don’t use Scribd which is a complete disaster zone with my browser and I suspect others, maybe fine on the latest, but I guess we’re not all lucky enough to be at that point.

    It never delivered the document and almost froze my browser, when I clicked the link at top of the document you’re showing on this page. Much easier to just have a simple PDF/Doc hosted on your own site. You don’t want to lose supporters of this campaign through such a glitch.Having got that out of the way :-) I’ll now read your comments in the letter above, rather than trying to view it full screen. Good luck with this, keep the pressure on.

    Patrick

  • aargggghhhhh

    think you want to stop winging about something menial, my prehistoric laptop loads no problem

  • Phillipa

    I think you mean something minor.  The document was unreadable on my up-to-date browser.

  • http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/author/johnnychatterton/ Johnny Chatterton

    Thanks for pointing that our Patrick – you can download the PDF here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/-/documents/LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT-RESPONSE-TO-INDEPENDENT-NHS-LEGAL-ADVICE.pdf – I’ll update the blog now with that in (as well as Scribd).

  • http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/author/johnnychatterton/ Johnny Chatterton

    Sorry about that Phillipa – here’s the PDF: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/-/documents/LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT-RESPONSE-TO-INDEPENDENT-NHS-LEGAL-ADVICE.pdf

  • http://shaunemerson.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/thoughts-on-the-health-and-social-care-bill-ahead-of-this-weeks-vote/ Thoughts on the Health and Social Care Bill ahead of this week’s vote | Asunder: Tearing public policy apart

    [...] of the Bill are uncertain and we’ll only know the effects once these happen. Hence the rather dismissive response and robotic repetition of the party line by Paul Burstow, the Lib Dem Minister for Care Services, when presented with the 38 Degrees legal [...]

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    [...] of the Bill are uncertain and we’ll only know the effects once these happen. Hence the rather dismissive response and robotic repetition of the party line by Paul Burstow, the Lib Dem Minister for Care Services, when presented with the 38 Degrees legal [...]

  • Ann

    If they won’t make any difference, why are we having to consider these complicated changes? I cannot follow the detail sufficiently, but if it’s that difficult and contested, the Government must be up to something.

  • http://www.leftfootforward.org/2011/09/guido-fawkes-stephen-phillips-38-degrees-nhs-health-and-social-care-bill/ Guido swallows Tory MP’s NHS spin | Left Foot Forward

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  • P.

    This is the response I got from Mike Hancock, Portsmouth & Southsea MP: http://pastebin.com/n5mzAfqH

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000064956470 Montague Heffing Flange

    Where can we post out MPs replies ?