The piece is, to put it mildly, unhelpful from a Tory perspective. For a Tory MP, and one who was a GP, to suggest that Tory health policy could lead to a privatisation of the NHS is a gift to Labour. It is also the last thing that Andrew Lansley needs given the u-turn he has been forced into over a public awareness campaign about the flu and the mounting concerns over his reform plans.
But Wollaston, who had no political experience prior to becoming an MP, is far less bound to her party than those who have served as advisors or councilors. Also having been selected by the public rather than the party she has her own power base. All of which is why party managers don’t like open primaries.