Overwhelming opposition to private involvement in the NHS

I found this meme over at the SlatUKIP Facebook page, writes Beastrabban.

It shows the numbers of people who want the NHS to remain nationalised, and those who don’t:


As you can see, the number of people who want the NHS to remain the NHS vastly outnumber those who don’t.

However, the Tories, Lib Dems and the Kippers have their policies firmly based on the nine per cent who want it sold off.

There are 92 Tory and Lib Dem MPs who will profit as the directors or senior employees of private healthcare companies.

Don’t let them succeed.

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5 thoughts on “Overwhelming opposition to private involvement in the NHS

  1. M2 (@M2_two)

    False dichotomy. NHS is the principle of universal healthcare free at the point of service. It can be delivered by the public sector, private sector, or a combination of both

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No. The NHS is a nationalised health service, which means it is supported by the taxpayer and run on a non-profit basis. Private, for-profit involvement is the antithesis of that principle.

    2. Joan Edington

      It may be free at the point of service but the problem is that there is no guarantee of what sort of service will be provided free. With funds being paid to private companies who have to pay share-holders it’s a no-brainer that the service will be reduced.

    3. Ian

      If shareholders in Healthcare Company X get £,1000,000 in dividends between them one year, that could employ about 40 nurses.

      You see the problem?

      It constantly astounds me how people still think privatisation is a good thing. Have they never taken a bus or a train journey? Paid a gas or electric bill? I’m already seeing a drop in standards in the postal service; a credit union told me send my mail to them via recorded delivery due to the amount of lost/missing/stolen mail.

      Private companies are not inherently better at doing a job just by their nature but Tories treat privatisation as an unquestionable good, almost religiously so.

      Conservatives used to (and prolly still do) claim that publicly owned and ran services ‘crowded out’ business. If you examine that even briefly you’ll see it means they’re really supporting the right of business to treat the public as a cash machineand it is the duty of government to make a few people extraordinarily rich while services get worse.

      I defy anyone to say their local bus service is as comprehensive or covers as wide an area as it used to under council control. Meanwhile, Brian Souter lives in a house made entirely of fifty pound notes.

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