Who does Jeremy Hunt think he’s fooling about NHS funding?

Shame on Jeremy Hunt for claiming there isn’t enough money for the NHS without tax rises or a growing economy.

He told Robert Peston the way the service had been funded for the last 20 years was “rather crazy”, adding up to “feast or famine”. And he said more resources would have to come through the tax system and growth in the economy.


He was certainly right about “famine” in the NHS since his party – the Conservatives – took over in 2010:

Here’s the result:

Let’s be honest here: Mr Hunt has been selling off the NHS to profit-making companies, bit by bit, since the moment he became Health Secretary, taking over from Andrew Lansley, the man who made this form of privatisation possible. That takes huge amounts of money away from healthcare and worsens the service.

We all know this; nobody has claimed the NHS has improved since Lansley’s lunatic system was introduced. It’s a human disaster.

And let’s be clear: Any tax rise suggested by Mr Hunt will be a rise in taxes on the poor. The Conservatives have cut taxes on top earners and the very rich, and they have no intention of revisiting those decisions.

So he wants poor people to pay more, to subsidise fatcat executives of profit-making health companies – like Richard Branson. Most of us would say that man has enough money already.

And there’s no guarantee that the service we’d get would be any better. Certainly it seems unlikely ever to be anything like as good, under Tory control, as it was under Labour.

But that’s Tory policy for you: Pay more – get less.

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4 thoughts on “Who does Jeremy Hunt think he’s fooling about NHS funding?

  1. Barry

    It isn’t the way it is funded per se although it has been all famine and no feast for 20 years. The problem is the waste created by the Tory imposed Trust system, and brain dead outsourcing alongside the PFI deals that both sides of the political spectrum indulged in.

  2. Dez

    None of this Hunts suggestions and/or proposals are not-for-profit solutions therefore any new injection of funding will be going to privatised shareholders, their greedy Board rooms and the usual brown envelopes to Conservative funds as a thank you.

  3. rotzeichen

    Hunt is just warming people up to the idea that we have to pay more, if we want to keep the NHS.

    Even though the CCGs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, are duty bound by law to put all services out to tender, ie outsourcing every contract.

    I suspect the next phase will be, well people are well and truly fed up now, so will accept their ultimate objective and American Health Corporations walk in and take it over. The hypocrite Simon Stevens says he welcomes the recognition of more money for the NHS, that to me means he sees his plans coming to fruition and his American friends step in.

    What we need to remember, is that money is not the problem, Tory Neo-Liberal politicians are and they are holding this country back, so that the few can be guaranteed to prosper at our expense, even if it does not work for the most of us.


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