Tory NHS privatisation plan is a sneaky, piecemeal sell-off rather than admitting their true intentions

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.



4 Responses to “Tory NHS privatisation plan is a sneaky, piecemeal sell-off rather than admitting their true intentions”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    The 1st move in the privatisation program was the creation of an “internal marketplace” within the NHS. At the root of that we have zionist stooge Thatcher and wicked Uncle Ken Clarke the Bilderberg errand boy. The Bilderberg group is a creation of the CIA.

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    On 28 January 1988 after winning a third General Election, during which the NHS had largely escaped from the Conservatives’ radical reform programme elsewhere, the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher set up a small ministerial group under her chairmanship to review the NHS. The members were the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, and his number two, John Major, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, John Moore, and his number two Tony Newton. Moore and Newton were both later replaced by Ken Clarke and David Mellor when Health was split off from Social Security. The five met every week and more frequently just before the publication of the January 1989 White Paper “Working for Patients”. This paper marked the official start of the internal market within the NHS.

    In his autobiography Nigel Lawson describes the discussions on the ministerial committee and makes clear why their conclusions did not embrace privatisation. Coming from a self-confessed ‘arch promoter of privatisation’ he writes “the provision of medical care is sui generis, and should not be assimilated to other activities where full-blooded privatization is entirely appropriate.”

    Starting an NHS Internal Market

    The concept of an internal market in the NHS started in the early 1980s with the writings of Professor Alain Enthoven of the Stanford School of Business in California, which I described in “Our NHS” . His ideas were adopted by the Social Democratic Party, (SDP), and were then criticised from within the government during 1986 by the Health Service Management Board. An exchange in December 1987 of minutes between officials had one writing: “I am still doubtful whether an Enthoven-style model would give sufficient voice to the consumer – the patient”.


    In opposition Labour had attacked the Conservative Private Finance Initiative (PFI) for hospital redevelopment, but went on to adopt the approach with extraordinary vigour for capital projects, even though they would place significant financial burdens on local health systems in order to meet the long-run operating costs and interest payments of the new facilities .

    Labour created more than 300 primary care trusts (PCTs), reverting to a smaller number as problems arose, with PCTs merging in order to confront budget deficits. Eventually there were 151 PCTs, similar to the number of health authorities that existed prior to Labour coming to power in 1997. Central control remained strong, with a steady flow of instructions to PCTs from the NHS Executive.

  2. Lynn says:

    It is a useless institution now. They have destroyed the whole thing. It has become a health hazard. Coming out with worse than you went in with.

    • Gordon says:

      Maybe so, but we’ll still be asked to pay for it. Imagine paying into this for say fifty years and at the end of it the government turn round and say your now going private. Well excuse me but we’re in contract, – I paye you and you provide me!

  3. Lynn says:

    Think they give a sh@@@!

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