The Tories have told the NHS to lie in order to create a mirage that their ’48 new hospitals’ pledge is being fulfilled.
Sajid Javid has told NHS trusts that if they build a new unit or wing, or even refurbish an existing facility, they have to declare it as a new hospital – even though it clearly is not. Javid was ‘busted’ last week claiming to be en route to open a new hospital in Cumbria, when a doctor at the trust tweeted that it was no such thing and left MPs (and even eventually Labour’s tame Shadow Health Secretary) pointed out the lie.
Now news has escaped of the Tories’ order to the NHS – a demand that NHS trusts collude in deceiving the public. And the claim was never anything but a lie, from when it was first made in 2019. Health campaigners pointed out that Johnson’s election ‘pledge’ was a lie – the claimed plan to ‘build’ (then 40) ‘new’ hospitals in fact meant only six.
And even the six were only reconfigurations of existing hospitals.
In fact, the reality was grimmer still – in many cases, supposed ‘new’ hospitals were in fact mergers of two or more existing hospitals, meaning that patients had fewer local health facilities and usually had to travel further to get treatment, even in an emergency.
Lies then and lies now – and both Bozo the malignant clown and Sick-Joker Javid are trying to make the NHS their partner in crime.
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