By Tim Montgomerie
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The Health Secretary has restated his view there is no evidence that the French breast implants are unsafe but he is setting up an expert panel to investigate new data. Further to my tweet last week I do wonder if it would be more reassuring for a clinician to make announcements of this kind. Some patients, particularly on the Left, will wonder if Andrew Lansley is taking these decisions with budgets in mind.
The RCN has warned of "potentially disastrous consequences for patient care" from the NHS reforms and budget squeeze. Mr Lansley told Channel 4 News that "there has been no reduction in clinical staff and as far as nurses are concerned we're within 1 per cent of the (staffing) figure two years ago." Every penny saved in one area of the NHS would, he insisted, be reinvested in another part of the service.