Mirror columnist Kevin Maguire on how the Tories are slowly selling off your NHS by stealth rather than having the guts to admit their true policy
Death by a thousand tiny sell-offs should be a wake-up call for anyone who doubts that National Health Service privatisation is a grim reality.
Alarm bells ring truer when even the British Medical Association – the doctors’ club that originally opposed the creation of the NHS – warns that Tory free market ideology puts patient care in peril.
Everything’s up for grabs from cancer treatment to children’s services and entire hospitals in the Tory sale.
The BMA calculation that a third of 3,494 contracts in England already put up for grabs were privatised is sickening if, sadly, no surprise.
The butchery is happening now and gathering pace so everybody who loves the NHS should stand up for what we adore, or it’ll be too late.
David Cameron and George Osborne are many things but they aren’t intentionally stupid.
The real perniciousness of their vile Health and Social Care Act is that it sidesteps an Apocalyptic confrontation by slyly selling off the NHS chunk by profitable chunk – instead of in one go like water or coal in the past.
Tories hope their donors will have purchased the body before the patient wakes up and notices some of its limbs are missing.
Cameron and Osborne spent £3 billion on a bureaucratic upheaval, instead of on nurses, to repackage the NHS as sweet shop for profiteers to plunder.
Yellow Tory Nick Clegg either lied or was mistaken in claiming Labour’s Andy Burnham privatised Hinchingbroke Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
He didn’t. The ConDems did.
The last Labour Government did, however, build bridges for the ConDems to march over. And involving the private sector in the NHS was an expensive mistake, especially the dodgy finance deals to fund new hospitals.
But Burnham’s solemn vow to scrap the Health and Social Care Act is a pledge worth fighting an election on.
It’s lazy to pretend there is nothing between the parties worth voting for.
Wealthy, self-styled revolutionary Russell Brand, £15m in the bank guaranteeing his life of luxury no matter who is in power, repeated the daftest of lazy lines on Question Time.
Ed Miliband’s red lines between Labour and Tories could be clearer on everything from low pay and zero hours contracts to defence and schools.
The red line on the NHS must be no more privatisation.
If you value cradle to the grave care, vote for it.
Otherwise the NHS itself will die from a thousand silent privatisations.