Paul Nuttall – UKIP’s candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central – on the NHS (in his own words)

“I would like to congratulate the coalition government for bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service. The fact that successive governments have undertaken what they call ‘substantial’ changes to the NHS should tell us all we need to know: there is something fundamentally wrong

“The NHS is the second biggest employer in the world, beaten only by Walmart, but as with all state monopolies it is costly, inefficient and stuffed with bureaucrats. In New Labour’s NHS, for every nurse there is a manager and vital workers, such as midwives, are falling in numbers.

“The problem, however, goes far deeper. I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted.

“Therefore, I believe, as long as the NHS is the ‘sacred cow’ of British politics, the longer the British people will suffer with a second rate health service.”

Paul Nuttall website, July 14, 2010 – since deleted

Here’s a screenshot of the site, if you don’t believe it:

Source: Does Ukip’s Paul Nuttall want to privatise the NHS? Here’s his position in his own words

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3 thoughts on “Paul Nuttall – UKIP’s candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central – on the NHS (in his own words)

  1. rupertrlmitchell

    The fantastic people who make the NHS so worthy of admiration are the Doctors and Nurses; not the bureaucrats who get paid enormous sums for “ruining” it. I know of one major hospital which has just had a new manager appointed who thinks that running a hospital is no different from running a hotel.

    Of course privatization would be right up the Tories crooked street and enable them to further the riches of their mates at the expense of those of us who could not afford to pay for private health.

  2. Barry Davies

    Old news about Nuttall his position has altered since then but some people keep digging it up and claiming it is factual, and that this is what UKIP want, whilst ignoring the simple fact that the party who outsourced, and created the majority of PFI deals were the labour party, and the Con dems were almost as bad. Until the whole trust system and the bodies put in place to enable privatisation Trusts CCG’s CQC Monitor and the national NHS bodies e.g. NHS England are abolished and replaced with a single streamlined body, the privatisation will continue apace.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What’s his position now, then? And where can we see evidence that he means it? People say they’ve changed their minds all the time – especially in politics. Then, when they’ve managed to get elected, they suddenly change their minds back. Look at the Conservative Party.
      While Labour did create a large number of PFI deals, those deals kept the NHS alive at a time when the Conservatives had starved it almost to death. I won’t defend PFI as an ongoing solution to funding problems but it was the only option put forward to the Labour government in 1997 as viable. 13 years later, the NHS had its highest-ever approval ratings.
      The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were the parties of outsourcing, having allowed private firms to bid for NHS contracts wholesale from 2012 onwards.
      I do agree with your last sentence, though.

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