Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/505/3247

From The Socialist newspaper, 11 October 2007

Private hands off our NHS!

ALISTAIR DARLING, Brown's chancellor, has announced that health spending will increase by about 4% a year until 2011/12. This totally inadequate rise will cause little celebration in the NHS.

Even when health spending was growing officially by about 7% a year, the result was frequently cutbacks, closures and job losses. Now there will be even greater financial pressure on health services such as hospitals and GP services.

Labour's whole strategy has been to try to turn the NHS into a commercial market where shareholders, managers, lawyers and administrators decide everything on a business basis. Many government-favoured projects have involved various forms of privatisation.

Hospitals and other buildings, for instance, have been constructed under the extremely expensive Private Finance Initiative (PFI). That will be an albatross around the neck of the NHS for decades if campaigners don't stop it.

Below, LOIS AUSTIN shows how the American experience of market-based health care has important lessons for 'save our NHS' campaigners in Britain.

WE DO not need any other reason to come on the trade union demonstration for the NHS on 3 November than the vital need to fight to save our health service. But here is one. The New York Times has just published an article reviewing 91 audits of the private companies providing services for people on the Medicare programme of health care services for the USA's poorest people.

The corruption revealed is startling and a firm rebuttal to those who think that handing the NHS over to these same companies implicated in corrupt practices in the US, is the way forward.

Two companies mentioned as engaged in such practices are United Health and Humana. Each is currently bidding to provide commissioning services for the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) that control much of this country's NHS budgets. The government is shortly to award the contracts.

The report found that tens of thousands of those on Medicare had been victims of "deceptive sales tactics and claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system's huge new drug benefit programme".

It also found that there had been "improper termination of coverage for people with HIV and AIDS, huge back-logs of claims and complaints and a failure to answer telephone calls from insurers, doctors and drugstores". And this government are welcoming these people to commission services within the NHS!

So that is one more reason to build for, and come on, the national demonstration to stop the sell-off of the health service. All indications are that those trade union leaders who are wedded to New Labour want a tame, quiet demonstration. We need the opposite.

All over the country, communities and health workers are angry at the cuts and privatisation of health services. Make sure this demonstration reflects that anger and is a springboard to a truly national campaign dedicated to saving the NHS.

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


In The Socialist 11 October 2007:

Unity with the postal workers

Gloucestershire shows determination

Marching in support of the Burslem 12

Anger at Leighton, Crozier and Brown

Picket line round-up

Determination to continue the battle


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Private hands off our NHS!


What we think

Brown's expedient election climb-down


War and terrorism

Anti-war movement upholds right to protest

Burmese students join London march


Socialism 2007

Socialism 2007: Debates to sharpen your socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Windscale 1957

Super-rich super-donators

Any spare cash?

Beat back the profiteers

Cuts kill - no reductions in the fire service!


Socialist Party feature

1917 October Revolution: the working class took power


International socialist news and analysis

Darfur bloodshed fuelled by land and oil grab

Iraq occupation: Brown's token gesture


Workplace news and analysis

Civil servants march against cuts and privatisation

Bolton care workers fight on

National Shop Stewards Network holds meetings around the country


 

Home   |   The Socialist 11 October 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

NHS:

triangleFrimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

triangleBarry Hospital workers fight to save ward from closure

triangleStrike action wins privatisation reprieve at Bradford hospitals

triangleTV: Young, British and Depressed - "What is wrong with our society that all these people are feeling this way?"

triangleBradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

Health:

triangleBangladeshi campaigners fight mining giant for justice

triangleLincolnshire health visitors' solidarity rally

triangleHealth workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

triangleHealth visitors strike for the first time ever

Privatisation:

triangleProbation hostel rest room win

triangleLabour promises to end council privatisation: councils must do that now!

triangleCampaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

11/9/19

NSSN

Lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

11/9/19

PCS

Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

11/9/19

Climate change

Climate strikes: trade union round-up

11/9/19

Coventry

Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

11/9/19

The Socialist

Socialist newspaper sales round-up

11/9/19

Salisbury

Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners

11/9/19

Leicester

Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

11/9/19

Bracknell

Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

11/9/19

Leeds

Leeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses

11/9/19

Fire

Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!

11/9/19

Climate change

Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

11/9/19

Workers

Workplace news in brief

11/9/19

UCU

UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

11/9/19

Asda

Asda workers protest against worse contract

11/9/19

Bus

Unions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999