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Dozens of NHS sites still being used for medical care are up for sale [Image: Getty].

The minority Conservative government has doubled the amount of NHS property it wants to sell, triggering concerns over the service’s financial viability under the Tories.

The plan is to sell off property – including sites that are still being used – in order to raise a quick £10 billion. The problem is that, once the money has been used, the property will be gone. It is short-term thinking that predicts a dire future for health care in the UK.

And why is the nature of some of the land being hidden behind claims that it is “sensitive”? How is it “sensitive”? Is it “sensitive” because it is necessary for the proper functioning of the service, and selling it off will harm healthcare?

Is that how it is “sensitive” – and we’ll only be allowed to know this after it has been sold and there’s nothing to be done?

This is a travesty.

The NHS needs investment. But that’s exactly the opposite of what Tory governments do.

Tories are asset-strippers.

They take from the state, and give to the rich.

That has always been their plan for the NHS.

Already waiting lists are longer than ever before. And, under the Tories, it can only get worse.

A secret “fire sale” of hospital land – including dozens of properties still being used for medical care – is planned to bail out the cash-strapped NHS, new documents show.

The Department of Health has quietly doubled the amount of land it intends to dispose of, triggering accusations of desperate measures to plug a big hole in NHS finances.

Details of more than half of the 1,300 hectares now up for sale have been kept under wraps because of “sensitivity” – raising suspicions that many other sites also have clinical uses.

The revelation comes after the Naylor review called for the NHS to adopt “a more commercial approach” to selling off assets – branding them a “source of untapped value” – and was embraced by Theresa May to help inject £10bn into the NHS.

Read more: Tory government quietly doubles number of NHS properties it is selling off


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