Corbyn’s promise to re-nationalise the NHS and buy out PFI arrangements is to be welcomed

Jeremy Corbyn and shadow health secretary Diane Abbott before a Labour leadership hustings this month [Image: Ben Birchall/PA].

Jeremy Corbyn and shadow health secretary Diane Abbott before a Labour leadership hustings this month [Image: Ben Birchall/PA].

Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to “renationalise” the NHS on Wednesday as he sets out some of the policies he hopes to use to reunite the Labour party if he succeeds in seeing off a leadership challenge from Owen Smith.

At an event in London with his shadow health secretary and close ally Diane Abbott, Corbyn will make a series of pledges aimed at ending the involvement of private companies in NHS provision.

“The next Labour government would go further than reversing Tory cuts – it would deliver a modern health and social care service that is fully publicly provided and fully publicly funded,” Corbyn will say.

“Health, health financing and health inequality is a matter of paramount national importance. The Labour government I lead will ensure that money goes to patients not contractors, and that our NHS is given the resources to provide a top quality service as part of a program to rebuild and transform Britain so that no-one and no community is left behind.”

A Corbyn-led government would not sign any new contracts under the private finance initiative, under which many new hospitals were built during the previous Labour government under long-term arrangements with private firms, he will say.

Corbyn would also like to establish a taxpayer-backed fund to buy struggling hospitals out of their existing PFI arrangements. He would lend his support to a private members’ bill, tabled by the Labour backbencher Margaret Greenwood, aimed at strengthening the responsibilities of the health secretary and end the NHS internal market, and he would reintroduce nurses’ bursaries.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn promises to ‘renationalise’ NHS | Politics | The Guardian


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10 thoughts on “Corbyn’s promise to re-nationalise the NHS and buy out PFI arrangements is to be welcomed

  1. robert fillies

    Good the NHS safe with a Labour Government led by Mr Corbyn, not safe with a Tory Government whoever leads it.

  2. Mary srewart

    And get rid of expensive non medical managers. Bring back Matron and Head Doctor. Bliss ????

  3. David Woods

    If JC loses the leadership battle I can’t see there being a Labour Party left, so many will walk away in disgust secure in the knowledge Labour will ignore ‘democracy’ any time it deems fitting, are more than willing to blacken a ‘good mans’ name through lies and misinformation and deceit!
    The ‘will’ of the people means nothing to them!

    Britain cannot continue with political parties whose only difference is their logo’s, whose view of the population is ‘we’re only here to pick up their tab, pay for their mistakes and recklessness’!

  4. Tim

    The question the Tories will ask time and again as far as pledged like this goes is: How will this be paid for? If Corbyn doesn’t want to make himself a hostage to fortune somebody with financial acumen had best provide him with very accurate costings and explanations in respect to all of these fantastic plans will be achieved. Hopefully Jezza won’t suggest anything daft like “quantitative easing for the people” or whatever and end up torn to shreds.

    1. Tim

      A potential Prime Minister ought to be able to explain how his plans and agenda will be realised; if Corbyn can’t do this he will be shredded by his political opponents and the media. It’s not a statement of opinion but a statement of fact. Anyway the general public expects these things to be spelled out these days and if Jezza shirks this duty Labour will end up in hot water.

      I’m not a Tory and not naive or stupid either.

      Promises and pledges before the faithful might be enough to win Jeremy plaudits but before the unaffiliated general public, unless funding and costing seem plausible, well, down everything comes as quick as the late Brian Rix’s trousers.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Oh, I don’t know. Look at the Tories; they’ll happily pontificate about their plans, then when it comes to the crunch they trash the lot and do something else instead.
        Do they end up in hot water? No.
        Are you being disrespectful to a much-loved undocumented Lord? Shame on you.

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