The destruction of the National Health Service in England is following Chomsky’s pattern very closely.
This story shows that it does not have enough funds – perhaps because the private companies are taking too much for themselves?
As a result, staff numbers are being cut, reducing the government department’s ability to do its job (let alone the ability of the health service it is supposed to manage).
Already people have been complaining about the service.
How long until the Conservatives swing the axe?
The Department of Health may need an emergency injection of extra money so it can pay its bills between now and the end of next month, Whitehall sources have told the Guardian.
There is growing speculation at senior levels of the NHS that Jeremy Hunt’s department may have overspent its £116.3bn budget for 2015-16, despite having received £3.1bn more than last year.
On Thursday the DH said it will cut around 650 jobs to reduce its running costs. Non-senior staff numbers will be slashed from 1,800 to between 1,200 and 1,300 by April 2017 in a bid to decrease its running costs by 30% in the next five years. It will also merge employees from the three London offices to premises at 39 Victoria Street.
The Treasury and DH have been examining the possibility that the latter may need to have its departmental expenditure limit (DEL) for this year raised because the NHS’s deepening financial crisis means it can no longer balance its books, well-placed Whitehall sources with knowledge of the discussions said.
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