Think-tank claims NHS privatisation has remained ‘broadly stable’ – but facts say otherwise
An influential ‘independent’ think-tank that once recommended the cutting back of ‘acute’ health services has published a Twitter thread claiming that the Tories’ privatisation of the NHS is a ‘myth’, because – supposedly – the proportion of NHS spending on provision by private firms has stayed ‘broadly stable’ for the past ten years.
Pro-NHS campaigner ToryFibs demolished this nonsense with plain fact, in a response quoting the official figures from the House of Commons Library that show the proportion of NHS spending going to private – and usually Tory-donating – firms has almost doubled in that period:
In cash terms, the amount of NHS money going into private company bank accounts has more than doubled – a 134% increase – and in real terms has almost doubled, since the Tories came to power in 2010. This, according to the King’s Fund, is ‘broadly stable’ spending.
And it should go without saying that every pound spent on fully public healthcare goes into healthcare – while of every pound spent on private provision, a significant proportion goes into company profits, leaving less to care for patients and properly pay the workers who provide the care.
This is the heart of the Tory scam – and the current Labour regime, which takes cash from health privatisers, is entirely on board – more and more spending diverted into the pockets of their pals and donors, while cash available to genuine public services is choked ever more tightly.
Such is the diseased state of our ‘mainstream’ media and our public discourse that many people are more or less unaware of this, while false claims about spending, privatisation and all the other Establishment lies are almost never challenged – even when they’re completely counterfactual.
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