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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2006
Daggers at NHS's heart
TONY BLAIR recently met and welcomed the NHS Partners Network, a
coalition of 'independent' private sector healthcare companies who
intend to privatise operations. Up to 40% of operations carried out by
private firms will be performed for the NHS by 2008.
All this is a dagger at the health service's heart. Bringing in the
private sector could fragment the NHS and force the closure of
traditional NHS sites currently providing free services. The private
healthcare sector hopes that the service gets ever more dependent on the
Blair's enthusiasm for privatisation seems to know no limits despite
the chaos brought to the NHS by the contracting out of home oxygen
supplies to private companies this month.
One patient died after the new system broke down and emergency oxygen
supplies took nine hours to arrive. Thousands of other people with
breathing difficulties suffered as the privatised system under-estimated
how many people would need the service.
The Socialist Party's new leaflet NHS - campaign to stop cuts and
closures on the crisis in the health service covers the perils of
privatisation. It also explains how huge deficits in the NHS Trusts are
provoking big campaigns of patients and health workers to stop cutbacks
and closures of wards or whole hospitals.
These local 'Save the NHS' campaigns need to be co-ordinated
nationwide including with a high-profile national demonstration against
cuts and privatisation within the health service.
Copies of the campaigning leaflet are available from Campaigns
Department, Socialist Party, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD.
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In The Socialist 22 February 2006:
Unite Save pensions, jobs and services
Fight for your future!
Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference
Gas price rise the biggest in history !
Daggers at NHS's heart
Why rural workers need socialism
Bush and Blair's total failure
Car workers fight layoffs
Trade wars and protectionism
Khrushchev: The Stalinist who denounced Stalin
Music industry: Do we only hear his master's voice?
Good Night and Good Luck
Get your May Day greeting into the socialist!
University staff vote to strike over pay
The Socialist 22 February 2006 |
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