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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