Once the NHS is gone, it will be gone forever
By Dr Kailash Chand OBE
In this election the Tories are asking voters to buy into Boris Johnson’s agenda of giving away the NHS ‘on a platter’ to Donald Trump.
Johnson’s track record as Prime Minister shows no sign whatever of confronting the NHS crisis. He simply doesn’t want to address the rock-bottom morale of the NHS family – nor the decline in patient care.
Instead, he intends to press ahead with the Tories’ ideologically-driven, poorly thought out privatisation of an unsafe, underfunded, fragmented NHS.
The very existence of the NHS in any meaningful form is at stake.
The NHS is a world-class institution, with world-class practitioners – one that is being torn apart by second-rate politicians.
We are already on the way to the end of comprehensive healthcare, free at the point of need and available to all who need it.
Once the NHS is gone, it will be gone forever. Sick people will face the nightmare of not being able to afford the treatment they need.
The NHS is facing financial meltdown, catastrophic workforce issues and a political uncertainty. Another five years of starving the NHS of resources and proper funding will reduce our health and social care services to a third world service.
A failing NHS will only help to boost private healthcare insurance for those who can afford it, signalling the death knell for a universal healthcare service, free at the point of use.
This is what Boris Johnson wants through the back door. But the NHS belongs to us, not to the Tory politicians and not to the privateers.
The future of the NHS is in your hands. We cannot trust the Tories to be its custodians.
It’s up to each and every one of us to fight for the NHS, otherwise it won’t be there to look after us, never mind the next generation. Aneurin Bevan was once asked how long he thought the NHS would survive.
As long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.
A vote for the Tory party means giving up that fight, giving away control to a government that is self-evidently committed to dismantling the NHS as we know it.
For the common person on the street the general election election mantra must be ‘NHS, NHS, NHS‘. Otherwise it’s going to be SOS NHS.
Vote Labour on 12 December.
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