Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 July 2018

NHS: underfunded, under attack

Kick out the privatisers

Make the super-rich pay

NHS demonstration 30 June 2018, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration 30 June 2018, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Caroline Vincent, Leicester East Socialist Party

Surprise, surprise. Theresa May's so-called birthday pre-sent to the NHS - an extra 20 billion a year by 2023 - isn't quite the generous gesture that it seems.

In fact, it's hopelessly inadequate. So much so, that hot on the heels of this promise comes the announcement that 17 procedures currently available on the NHS now face the axe.

These "unnecessary procedures" include tonsillectomies, grommets for glue ear and treatments to ease pain. To reduce spending by 200 million, patients will be told that they have a responsibility to the NHS not to request 'useless' treatment! These procedures may have been deemed futile by NHS bosses on a cost-cutting mission, but they are treatments that improve lives.

May's pledge of a 3.4% increase in funding is insufficient. According to the National Audit Office it will only keep the health service limping along in its current, intolerably overstretched state. Far greater financial support is needed for the service to recuperate.

Local council leaders have slammed May's 'gift' as meaningless, as it is unaccompanied by an offer of extra money for social care, where there will be a funding gap of at least 2 billion by 2020. Underfunded council services, particularly public health and adult social care, directly impact on hospitals. Not only does it make it harder to keep patients from being admitted in the first place, it also makes it difficult to return home.

5 July marks the birthday of the NHS, and it's also my dad's. This year he'll be spending it at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This isn't because he needs to be in hospital, rather it's due to lack of provision for him to receive palliative care in the community at the moment. Although he's receiving excellent, compassionate care at the BRI, he would be much happier at home with his family.

There is no doubt that both the health service and social care are in dire need of far more money in order to function, and to meet the needs of an ageing population. But the Tories' increased investment is insufficient and increasing our taxes to pay for it while the super-rich and big corporations avoid paying taxes is unjust and unacceptable.

Nationalisation of health services, including 'big pharma', alongside the banks and mega-corporations - under democratic workers' control and management - would release more than enough resources for an expanded NHS to give high quality treatment and care to all who need it.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 4 July 2018:


NHS: underfunded, under attack

NHS at 70: a fight for our lives!

Thousands march against NHS cuts and privatisation

Welsh Labour NHS hypocrisy at Tredegar rally

What we think

NSSN conference 2018

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism 2018: a weekend of discussion and debate

Issue 1000 extra 1,000 sales target smashed!

Spycops inquiry - dancing to the police's tune

Socialist Party news and analysis

No to sexism! No to Trump!

Social care funding crisis: no to an age levy - make the super-rich pay

Tories pledge three-year private tenancies: fight for rent caps and council homes

EU lets 200 refugees drown in three days

British state complicit in torture and rendition: put Blair and Straw in the dock!

Them & us

What we saw

International socialist news and analysis

#AmazonTax shows need for socialist fighters

Obrador's crushing victory gives hope to Mexico's poor

'CAS nunca mas': stop mass lay-offs and precarious contracts in Peru!

US unions facing new challenge after Supreme Court ruling

Workplace news and analysis

Probation service: 'You are not a priority'

Treasury imposes civil service pay limit - vote Yes to strike action

Bin workers take strike action after talks with Kirklees council collapse

Victory for London's young workers in privatiser's non-payment of 'living wage' scandal

Socialist Party members have big impact as Unite conference kicks off

Yorkshire NSSN meeting starts coordinating struggles

Swansea postal workers strike to defend colleague

New publication: Workers' control and workers' management


The Socialist inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 4 July 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleUnite to fight Tory pay insults

trianglePublic sector pay - Prepare for action!

triangleReaders' comments

triangleEveryone can spot Socialist Party in Stoke

triangleScrap the privatising health and care bill


triangleTV Review: Stateless blames mismanagement rather than system

triangle'Pingdemic' exemptions

trianglePutting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

triangleTories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis



London floods: Privatisation and heavy rain are a dangerous mix



Labour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers' party



Nationality and borders bill



Unite to fight Tory pay insults



'Pingdemic' exemptions


Child poverty

Tories and Labour fail on child poverty



Trade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety



Keep the Universal Credit uplift



Kick out the privatisers - Fight for a 15% Pay rise



We cannot trust this government over Covid



LGBTQ+ workers' charter



Scrap the privatising health and care bill



Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers



Defend the triple lock - Fight to end poverty pensions



Wealth chasm widens

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793



Alphabetical listing

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021