The former NHS chief executive stated his opposition to the Health and Social care bill in an interview yesterday:
"I think it's a mess ... I think it's unnecessary in many ways, and I think it misses the point.
“I think it’s confused and confusing, and I think it’s unfortunately setting the NHS back.
"I think the great mistake that the current government has made - and I can say this as an independent and not a politician - is that this is a terrible confused and confusing bill.
"It has tried to elevate the ideas of competition and the use of the private sector, which are just mechanics, just mechanisms, as if they were the purpose."