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It seems large numbers of the population still don’t understand that their Conservative Government is scrapping the tax-funded National Health Service in England, in favour of a model in which the individual pays.
This would signal a return to the bad days before 1948, when most people were too poor to be able to afford any medical care at all and disease was widespread and went untreated. It’s what your Conservative Government wants, folks!
One reason David Cameron, Andrew Lansley, Jeremy Hunt and the rest of them wanted private companies to take NHS funding was because much of this money would then be neutralised as profit for those firms – firms in which many MPs and Lords have personal stakes. Get rid of the privateers and you free up more money for the service.
This would also end the wasteful duplication of effort created by a fake ‘health marketplace’ that the Conservative Government wants you to believe drives down prices but in fact throws money away and turns medicine into a postcode lottery.
What are you going to do about it?
Ministers will have to consider charging patients for seeing a GP, attending A&E, and using the food, power and water of hospitals, unless better long-term solutions for funding the NHS can be found, public finance experts have warned.
Contributions towards the cost of treatments and patients taking out health insurance are among other options that must be on the table if the comprehensive spending review in November fails to address the issue, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (Cipfa) says in a briefing.
The document says that the hope of NHS leaders to save £22bn over five years to 2020-21 is optimistic and does not take account of David Cameron’s pledge to increase seven-day services nor of the introduction of the new national living wage.
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