According to independent and objective comparisons, the NHS is one of the most successful health care systems on the planet. This is despite political interference and persistent underfunding for most of its existence. Just think how much more successful the NHS would have been if it had been consistently funded at the same level as comparable countries and had politician’s efforts simply gone into further improvements in care and eliminating the undoubted problems that exist.
The government’s Health and Social Care Bill is hugely complex, making it very difficult for ordinary people to understand the consequences. However, finally, it is becoming clear that the proposals:
- remove the Duty of the Secretary of State to secure and provide comprehensive health care
- will result in a top down, hugely expensive and complex reorganisation of the NHS that was not in any party election manifesto
- are already having a negative influence on service provision and waiting times
- do not address any of the real issues, particularly how we cope with an ageing population
- are designed to privatise the provision of services and encourage the profitable parts of the service to be taken over by international health care companies who will make decisions that prioritise their shareholder’s interests and will channel huge sums of tax payers’ money into their profits and CEO bonuses. (Many of these companies already have a disastrous track record)
- will lead to a US style health care system led by and for the benefit of insurance and private health care companies
If you doubt any of the above, please do your own research. But beware of what is clearly double speak and spin from the Health Minister and from organisations that stand to benefit handsomely from the proposals. We desperately need decisions based on facts, evidence and rational debate. If we care about the NHS we need to pay attention and get involved – it will soon be too late and there will be no going back.
Essential reading for anyone who cares about the NHS: http://bit.ly/z8X7Ge
Here is a set of short video clip from Dr Hamish Meldrum (Chair of the BMA at the Save our NHS rally): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpC9Ug-rLcI&feature=related
David Owen on the NHS Bill (at the Save our NHS Rally): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx0sJtCtXJw&feature=related
“it will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.“ A short speech by Clive Peedell, co-chair of the NHS Consultants’ Association – someone with faith and prepared to fight.
Time to pull the plug on this unloved health bill – Deliberately or not, the NHS is being set up for failure:http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/01/health-bill-nhs-private-care
An interesting article: Will the health bill increase private activity in the NHS?:http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/jan/19/health-bill-private-patients
Cost of NHS reorganisation and the rise in Waiting Lists: http://www.dropthebill.net/news Why isn’t this in the news????
“The health bill will create ‘genuine opportunities’ for the private sector to take over large chunks of the NHS”, the health minister in charge of steering the reform bill through the House of Lords claimed. Former banker Lord Howe told an audience of private sector providers that though the NHS ‘will not give up their patients easily’, there were opportunities for those wishing to ‘enter the fray’. ‘The Pulse’, Jan 2012