In the recording leaked to the Observer, Conservative health minister Jane Ellison said:
I don't know how much any of you realise that with the Lansley act we pretty much gave away control of the NHS, which means that the thing that most people talk about in terms of health, the NHS, we have some important strategic mechanisms but we don't really have day-to-day control.
From a political point of view, it is a bit like being on a high wire without a net at times, it can be quite exciting.
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