Socialist Party
| Print

4 May 2001

Stop the fat cats making a killing out of health

Public Health Not Private Profit

AT A time when GPs are having to take action to protest about their workload, ROBIN CLAPP describes the state of hospital services in Bristol, a situation repeated throughout Britain.

Over 17,000 people in Bristol are now waiting for treatment. At Frenchay hospital, ranked tenth worst in the country for its waiting time, someone requiring a hip replacement has to wait six months to see a consultant, then up to 18 months for treatment.

Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) has been slammed for its abysmal cleanliness record, another privatisation disaster.

With over 250 unfilled posts in qualified nursing and midwifery, 212 operations had to be cancelled in March. A consultant at the BRI, anticipating the 2.5 million budget deficit, told me if you become ill in Bristol, you had better hope that it's in the spring or summer, before cash runs out.

Thousands of nurses have left after years of low pay and poor conditions. BRI managers jet off to places like Australia, China or Finland, to entice nurses to Bristol.

Increasing salaries and improving conditions is passed over in favour of these headline-grabbing stunts.

The Bristol Evening Post recently showed what really happens when you need treatment after paying in all your life.

A worker in his 40s tells of needing an angiogram after a heart attack. Because of the long delay, he was forced to go private. He was told his life was at risk without an immediate quadruple bypass.

Another man was warned that his prostate cancer operation would take six months on the NHS. Terrified of the implications, he paid 7,000 to go private.

A 37-year-old hears it will be 18 months before his crumbling vertebrae can be operated upon. He says bitterly after paying 10,000 to go private: "Though we couldn't afford the private op, we had to find a way."

Each story reveals pain, frustration and anger. Ordinary people, workers who pay their stamp, are increasingly the victims of health rationing.

New Labour's forces us through propaganda and circumstance into private medical schemes, while allowing the private sector, through the PFI, bigger opportunities to make a killing out of health. What an argument for Socialism!

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


triangle16 Aug Anger continues to mount over imposition of direct rule

triangle14 Aug Health workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

triangle14 Aug Northern Ireland, August '69: 'Battle of the Bogside' and British...

triangle14 Aug Pro-democracy protests continue to rage

triangle14 Aug The Peterloo Massacre 1819: When a fearful ruling class tried to...

triangle14 Aug General election looms... Capitalists in chaos: Fight for socialism

triangle14 Aug Fight back against the retail bosses!

More ...


triangle19 Aug Leeds Socialist Party: Women and the class struggle

triangle21 Aug York Socialist Party: Class and the education system

triangle22 Aug Cardiff East Socialist Party: Hong Kong - the struggle for democratic workers' rights


Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


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


What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Our 2015 election manifesto

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you


Alphabetical listing

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019