As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Friday, Tory MPs made an attempt to pass a bill yesterday to allow NHS patients to be charged for their treatment – a move described by senior medics as “a nail in the coffin” of the NHS and ‘catastrophic‘ for patients.
The bill did not pass on Friday – it ran out of time – but the Tories have rescheduled the bill for yet another attempt, on Friday 15 June.
The Tories talk officially of their commitment to an NHS free at the point of need – even while continuing the longest period of squeezed NHS funding in the service’s history.
But the Tories’ real intentions for the NHS are betrayed by – alongside that funding squeeze and many other things – the persistent attempts of its MPs to push through legislation to end it in any meaningful form.
By forcing us to pay at the point of use as well as through our national insurance and taxation.
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