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NHS cuts hypocrisy
Labour ministers make us sick!
Build for 3 March NHS national demo
THE MASSIVE anger against cuts and closures in the NHS is making even desperate Labour ministers pretend to be taking action. Under the headline 'Revealed: the 11 government ministers fighting NHS cuts', the guardian listed New Labour ministers and parliamentary private secretaries who have dishonestly attended protests against hospital closures in their own local areas.
Rob Windsor, Coventry Socialist Party councillor
Hang on, though. Weren't some of these MPs the very same people who developed New Labour's PFI (Private Finance Initiative) programme? Every PFI scheme is designed so that the fat-cat privateers who really run these PFI hospitals can make big profits from illness.
This leads to the downgrading of services and closures that these same hypocritical individuals claim that they are "concerned" about in their local areas. The hypocrisy of New Labour really does make us sick!
Did any current New Labour cabinet member vehemently oppose this privatisation by stealth measure? Or the 'payment by results' system or the opening up of the NHS to private providers that has resulted in swingeing cuts in local NHS services?
The article mentioned two Warwickshire New Labour MPs including James Plaskitt. At the protest march of hundreds by Warwickshire people facing health cuts, there were banners asking "Where's Plaskitt?" about their local supposedly 'health rebel' MP.
In Nuneaton and North Warwickshire, it was bold actions by the People's Protest group, organising a march of many hundreds and a mass campaign of public meetings, letter-writing etc. that forced the Primary Care Trust to look again at its proposals.
In Coventry, Tory and New Labour councillors agreed to accept a flawed so-called "Scrutiny" report supporting the Acute Services Review proposing reductions in A&E and Maternity provision in North and South Warwickshire. Only Socialist Party councillors opposed this.
In reality these so-called New Labour "rebels" don't give a damn about the NHS, all they're worried about is their seats because they now realise that supporters of Blairite health privatisation can be successfully challenged by local campaigners.
Genuine health campaigners want to carry on the struggle to save our NHS both locally and nationally. Campaign groups such as People United to Save Hospitals and Keep our NHS Public will want real action from the trade union movement.
Socialist Party members are still campaigning for a national demonstration on 3 March to start to halt the juggernaut of cuts, closures and privatisation.
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