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“We need to take lessons from Europe and think about how we could make a non-GP-based healthcare system work”

On his blog, Carswell also attacks the system of paying GPs, which he … errrrr … supported and voted for in the form of the Lib Dem/Tory coalition’s Health and Social Care Act.

But perhaps it’s not all that surprising Carswell wants more drastic changes to the health care system — because he never seems to have been all that keen on the NHS anyway.

In 2008, Carswell (who was then a Tory MP) co-wrote a book in which he proposed wealthier patients should be able to “opt out” of the NHS:

“Allow patients to opt out of the NHS and pay their contributions into individual health accounts”
In The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain Carswell also referred to the NHS as “the national sickness service” and said that health care being free at the point of use was just a “political slogan”:

“It will not do to accuse reformers of seeking to ‘Americanise the NHS’ nor to keep repeating ‘Free At Th…

Muslim cultural centre torched by thugs in Bishopbriggs

A CULTURAL centre used by Muslims was today targeted in a firebomb attack, the Evening Times can reveal.
A manhunt is underway for the thugs who targeted the Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre - also known as Al Sarouk - in the early hours of this morning. Insiders fear the building may have been set alight in revenge for the Paris terror attacks. Fire crews raced to the scene in Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs at around 2.20am today and found a fire had been started. Police today confirmed the fire is being treated as "suspicious" and witnesses have been urged to come forward. Sources said the incident may be linked to the Paris terrorist incidents and although, it was not currently being treated as a hate crime, it is "one line of inquiry being looked at". The insider told the Evening Times: "It was definitely a deliberate act and an investigation is underway to find exactly what happened. "Obviously, the motive for the incident is key." Police stressed no one was…

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