Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/168/7878

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 July 2000

Stop the Health Rip-Off

We Demand

o Bring the NHS back into the public sector, under democratic control

o Nationalise the phamaceutical and medical supplies industry

o A fully-funded NHS, free at the point of use

THE GOVERNMENT unveiled their plans to 'improve' the NHS this week. Central to their changes, they say, is the plan to bring 'patient power' into the health service.

But this could be a very peculiar version of patient power. To arrive at its conclusions the government asked Richard Branson's Virgin Group to tell it that hospitals were "not responsive to patients' needs" because of "shambolic management" and "stifling bureaucracy".

Why did the government pay 35,000 for this 'shattering' piece of information when thousands of patients had already complained about the appalling state of the NHS?

The government says it will guarantee that by 2005 no patient spends more than six months on a waiting list and that it will break down the old divisions. It described this latest blueprint as the biggest shake-up of the NHS since its inception.

It's clearly a shake-up but it won't bring patient power. Instead, the government wants to absolve itself of real responsibility for NHS treatment by handing out more functions to private contractors.

Rather than delivering quality change in the NHS the government is preparing to throw money hand over fist to private health care providers.

Hospitals are already being told to pay over the odds for private-sector critical illness beds next winter. The government's new initiatives also include an agreement with private hospitals to provide operations and beds to 'drive down' waiting lists.

Patients desperate for treatment will obviously accept treatment wherever it comes from. But all these new 'initiatives' will make the NHS even more of a private-sector conveyor belt. Hospitals will be like those in the USA, where turning the patients round quickly to reduce costs comes first, rather than quality of treatment.

Contracting out health provision to private companies has been a disaster. It means more public money going into the fat cats' pockets and less money for treatment.

This is not patient power, this is a private-sector parasites' paradise. A licence to print money out of our ill health.

We want proper patient power, where the NHS is brought fully back into the public sector and where the patients, staff and general public democratically make the decisions about how OUR health service is run.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 28 July 2000:

Stop the Health Rip-Off

Pride Not Bigotry

Corus: Strike back at steel bosses' threat

Debt Repayment kills millions

G8: A cynical summit

Livingstone's humourless attack

Council Housing: Stop the sell -off

Israeli-Palestinian peace process: Lasting Peace remains elusive


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 July 2000   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Health:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleTories wreck our NHS

NHS:

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

Public sector:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleBalloting members on the pay cap

Nationalise:

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

triangleDefuse the consumer debt time bomb: nationalise the banks!

Medical:

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

Hospitals:

triangleChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

Pay:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2