A report showing that the National Health Service is having to care for around 6,000 patients every year after private hospitals provided poor treatment raises several questions:
Firstly, the patients concerned have already paid for their treatment. If private doctors made a mess of it, they should pay for the rectification. Why is the taxpayer picking up the tab – especially when the NHS is already suffering serious money problems?
Secondly, Conservative-led governments have been forcing private healthcare providers into our NHS contracts, whether we want them or not, for the last four years. Why is the NHS being forced to accept contractors who aren’t up to the job?
Finally: The aim of imposing private contracts on the public health service is ultimately to privatise healthcare in the UK altogether. Who will fix bungled private operations when the NHS no longer exists?
These are serious questions, but you can be sure of one thing:
They won’t be answered by any Conservative!
Thousands of patients are having to be admitted to NHS hospitals after suffering botched treatment in private hospitals.
Private hospitals ‘are often not equipped to deal with complications from surgery’, a damning report warns.
As many as 6,000 patients a year need NHS care after bungled treatment at a non-NHS hospital.
Almost half of them – around 2,500 – are ‘emergency’ cases who have to be rushed to the nearest NHS hospital.
The problem is feared to cost taxpayers millions of pounds. Last night a senior doctor branded it a ‘national scandal’.
Labour demanded an urgent inquiry into the cost and scale of the problem.
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