The full scale – and horror – of the NHS cuts dressed up as the Tories’ ‘STP’ (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) programme has been kept fairly quiet by the government and the Establishment media.
NHS campaigners have known for some time just how horrendous STPs are. But – just in time for polling day – the real nature of the programme, to hack the NHS back to the bone, is leaking out.
A BBC local news bulletin reports on cuts of £150 million a year that are being forced onto the NHS in Staffordshire – cuts that will mean the sale of NHS buildings and the cutting of services, including the likely closure of at least one hospital:
The BBC reporter touches on the fact that, as in many places, the government’s ‘consultation’ on STPs is nothing but a sham. Small groups have been deciding on – and implementing – plans even before the consultation period even begins, let alone ends.
And the same applies to every area in England.
As well as showing the continuing decline of the NHS if the Tories are re-elected on Thursday, this should ring a huge warning bell for any voters fooled by the government’s claim that it will have a ‘consultation’ on a cap for social care costs – the so-called dementia tax.
Consultations, to the Tories, are nothing more than a sop to divert people while their health and wealth are stolen from under their noses.
Spread the word while there’s still time to affect how people vote.
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