Is the narrative of the NHS reform bill changing?

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It's not the substance of the following report in the FT on NHS reform that is interesting, it is the form of wording used:

As Andrew Lansley’s NHS bill slips deeper into the mire, amid ever more noisy opposition from doctors’ and nurses’ trade unions, there are still bits of the mess that can be rescued.

The assumption seems to be that in the face of opposition the governemtn hnow has little chance of getting its NHS reofrms through.

That's a massive change in the narrative if true. And it may not be what the journalist meant. But it reads that way, and I like it.