Blame the Tories – the #NHSCrisis is THEIR fault

The most revealing lines in Rachael Swindon’s article (extract below) are these: “Jeremy Hunt won’t tell you NHS hospitals have been ordered to hand over swathes of operations to the private sector to ease a looming winter crisis, according to leaked memos . Health officials have also instructed hospitals to discharge thousands of patients in a bid to reduce record levels of crowding, while managers have been banned from declaring ‘black alerts’”. 

The message that the Conservative Government has mired the British public – who deserve so much better – in a mess that is entirely their own has penetrated every level of society.

Attempts to play down the severity of the situation have failed. The news media have given in and are now reporting it (although the quality of those reports may still leave much to be desired).

And the social media, where we refused to let the facts be buried, are running rampant. Here are just a few of today’s comments:

This one refers to a claim just made by Jeremy Hunt on BBC Radio 4’s The World At One. He reckons only a handful of A&E patients have been waiting on trolleys:

(I think the tweeter means 1,000s of patients.)

This crisis, in part, is a product of both the privatisation of social care and more recent cuts to local authority budgets (resulting in less money being allocated for care locally) by successive Tory governments. When vulnerable people lack adequate social care they are more likely to turn up at overstretched heaving hospital A&E departments needing to see a doctor, increasing the burden on the NHS and exacerbating the crisis no end. This is obvious to everyone, except the Tory government. Data from councils in 2015 showed they have been forced to cut £4.6 billion from adult social care budgets since 2009-10. That is equivalent to almost a third of net real terms spend. A further £1 billion was expected to be cut last year. Social Care is in crisis.

Mental health trusts in England are still having their budgets cut, despite government assurances they would be funded on a par with physical healthcare. Analysis by the The Kings Fund think tank, found 40% of the 58 trusts saw budgets cut in 2015-16. King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham said: “Cuts in mental health services are just as risky as cuts in acute hospital services. We are talking about people in crisis who need expert support in a timely way. If they don’t get it, it’s bad for them and their families – and for the communities in which they live.The crisis in mental health services is real and serious. We all need to wake up to that reality. Parity of esteem is a laudable ambition that hasn’t been followed through in practise.” Mental Health Services are in crisis.

Jeremy Hunt is claiming only one or two hospitals are in trouble. This is despite the British Red Cross having to help with a “humanitarian crisis”. An elderly woman died after spending 35 hours waiting on a trolley in A&E, in a tragedy which exposes the depth of the NHS crisis. She was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but could not be placed on a ward due to a shortage of beds.The patient suffered a cardiac arrest. She died in an undignified hospital cubicle with curtains pulled around the outside. A second patient at the same hospital, who was made to stay in a waiting room, died after suffering an aneurysm. There were claims that the hospital was in ‘meltdown’, with nurses in tears and patients lying on trolleys ‘three deep’ in the corridor. Accident and Emergency is in crisis.

Source: @Rachael_Swindon: The NHS Crisis: Blame The Tories – Its Their Fault

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


6 thoughts on “Blame the Tories – the #NHSCrisis is THEIR fault

  1. philcovers

    I think blame is the wrong word. The Tories are DELIBERATELY running (RUINING) the NHS down so it can be privatised…. Like the Post Office, the railways the power companies.

  2. mrmarcpc

    Everything bad that happens to the UK and its people is always down to the tories, labour aren’t much better but every severely painful thing done to us, guaranteed it was done by the tories!

  3. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    No minister who tries to deceive the public from the truth should be allowed to retain his or her position. Obviously Jeremy Hunt is working in accordance with his superiors’ knowledge which is even more evidence why this government must go. I am surprised that so many voted for this party as even Conservatives can become ill and need the NHS or are they all so rich that they can afford to go private? The only people gaining from this party are super rich billionaires and bankers.

  4. Mikey

    Hello, It’s so upsetting to see the N.H.S. in the tory hands, through to be fair (And I am a labour supporter) all the political parties have in the past used it as a political football which is totally wrong. Last summer I got took ill with severe anxiety attacks one being so bad I took an overdose, and spent a night in hospital, the doctors and nurse were angels as are all the doctors and nurses are, after a wait of 6 months I finally start group therapy later this week, IMO The N.H.S. should certainly get more money in it then get an independent health secretary not involve with any politics.

  5. Barry Davies

    Whilst I have no problem in slating the tories for their position on the NHS it has to be remembered that labour had 13 years in which time it could have removed the trust system, and did not, and also was to blame for the majority of PFI deals which are now harming the NHS with massive charges.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Aren’t you happy that those right-wing Labour types no longer have any power in the party and it is run by the eminently sensible Jeremy Corbyn?

Comments are closed.