The warnings were tragically accurate and now the Tories are going further still
Ten years ago today, NHS campaigners mounted protests across the UK warning that the consequences of then-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s NHS bill would be fragmentation, mass privatisation and disaster for this country’s greatest achievement.
Tragically, the warnings were correct and the bill, which passed with the collusion of the LibDems, has seen billions of pounds of NHS contracts awarded to companies and huge profits reducing funds going into services, while a broken-up NHS struggles to maintain best practice and treatment is a postcode lottery with waiting lists and A&E treatment times that were burgeoning long before the pandemic:
And when the pandemic began the Tories opened the floodgates wider still, pouring billions and billions of public money into the pockets of their pals and donors – much of it unlawful and opaque – and their new legislation is designed to accelerate that process while removing even the inadequate scrutiny that currently exists while turning the NHS into a pale imitation of the US health system that rewards ‘providers’ for withholding treatment and reducing costs.
But disastrously for the nation, there is now almost no effective parliamentary opposition, with Keir Starmer and his front bench as enthusiastic about NHS privatisation and the American ‘integrated care’ system as the blue Tories opposite them.
Ten years ago, the UK saw thirty protests in a single day to try to save the NHS. After another decade of right-wing privations, it needs a mass uprising of protest and resistance.
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