When Theresa May went to the United States to meet Donald Trump, what do you think she had to offer?
Asked whether health services might form part of any future trade deal, she very pointedly refused to answer, saying only that a deal would be in the interests of both countries.
In case you are not aware of it, the NHS is already being prepared for privatisation.
The means is a clever little subterfuge known as the Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs). There are currently 44 of these being rolled out throughout the country. Their job is to impose £22 billion worth of budget cuts on an already chronically underfunded service.
“The standard technique of privatisation,” says Noam Chomsky: “defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”
That’s exactly what is happening to our NHS. The words “sustainability” and “transformation” are euphemisms. “Sustainability” refers to sustaining the rump of the NHS after massive cuts have eaten the heart out of the service.
“Transformation” refers to using clinical commissioning groups as points of access for private health care providers.
The trick here is that the private health companies are allowed to use the NHS logo, so you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Large corporations such as Virgin and Serco already run 10% of our GP services. The STPs will ensure even more departments being farmed out to private companies, which will naturally cherry pick all the easiest and most profitable bits.
People ask how we are to maintain spending on our Health Service in this time of austerity?
What they are not aware of is how much the NHS is being deliberately sabotaged. For most of its history the NHS was cheap to run, with only 6% of costs being eaten up by administration.
Recent reforms have seen those costs rise to 15%. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 removed responsibility for the health of citizens from the Secretary of State for Health.
Ask yourself: if the Secretary of State for Health is not responsible for the health of the nation, then who is?
From The Whitstable Gazette 09/03/17
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