Andrew Lansley spent years planning ways to take healthcare away from people who need it.

Sorry if it seems insensitive, but this is what happens when you prioritise profit over service in healthcare.

Fair play to Lansley for using the NHS (he can certainly afford to go private and has many friends among the profit-making companies) – but many might say his late diagnosis is poetic justice.

This is especially true as the current screening programme for bowel cancer is available only on a ‘postcode lottery’ basis. It’s a microcosm of what the whole health service would become if it were to be handed over entirely to private firms, as the Conservative government desires.

Nobody deserves to have substandard healthcare. Perhaps that point will be hammered home to Mr Lansley, now he knows what it is like.

Former Conservative health secretary Andrew Lansley has revealed he has bowel cancer, and has called on the government to improve the NHS’s current screening programme for the disease.

Lord Lansley, who served in the cabinet under David Cameron, has stage 3 bowel cancer, but has said there is “every reason to hope” he will survive the illness long-term.

As health secretary, the 61-year-old helped launch the “bowelscope” screening programme for people over 54, but governments cuts, a lack of endoscopists and problems with IT systems have hampered the system’s delivery, currently only available to around half of the population, Lansley told the Daily Telegraph.

Source: Andrew Lansley calls for better NHS screening after revealing bowel cancer | Society | The Guardian


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