This seems to be fake news, to me!
Consider the fact that Mr Johnson has been in long-running talks with Donald Trump’s government in the United States over a trade plan that would more than double the price of medicines in the UK.
Mr Trump has said he does not want to take over the NHS and this is likely to be true – as a Republican he would want nothing to do with socialised healthcare.
But a massive rise in the cost of medicines will harm the economic viability of the NHS as a whole, making it easy for the scheming Johnson to claim it is not viable as a state-run organisation and to advocate privatisation.
Do you know how much you’ll be paying for healthcare under a privatised system – that Boris Johnson actually advocated, years ago?
Here’s the clip, in fact:
— The Red Roar (@TheRedRoar) December 2, 2019
In this video, people were asked how much they think certain treatments cost. The results are extremely revealing:
Ambulance callout? $2,500. Childbirth? $30,000. This is what you'd be paying for healthcare if you lived in the USA. Our NHS is not for sale.
Posted by JOE.co.uk on Tuesday, 3 December 2019
If you vote Conservative, that’s what you want – hugely expensive healthcare, whether you can afford it or not.
Mr Johnson has made extravagant promises for the NHS, including the addition of 50,000 nurses.
But there’s something wrong with his mathematics – as was exposed when his stooge, ‘Thicky’ Nicky Morgan, appeared on Good Morning Britain to plead for the policy. The moment was examined by the families on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. Brace yourself because this video is hugely damaging to the Tories:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 1, 2019
As the election campaign continued, we learned that the reality is even worse:
The small print of the Tory plan shows only 1,400 new nurses would start work per year.
And leaked NHS documents show that around a quarter of the new staff would be nursing associates, whose worth is calculated as around half that of a full nurse.
Add to this the long-since debunked Tory claim that they would fund the construction of 40 new hospitals – in fact their offer is to repair six – and it is clear that the Tory offer on the NHS has collapsed altogether.
Here‘s The Critique Archives, summing up the Tory disaster (before the facts about the new nurse recruits were known):
“Boris Johnson, our illustrious Prime Minister, cannot count to the number forty correctly. Truly. What he does when he gallantly attempts to rival John Nash is to count to five, presumably on the fingers of one hand. The effort to switch over to the digits of his other hand appears to confuse him, as the next number he will call out is ‘forty’.
“You think I am making this up? Well, how does Johnson explain arriving at his policy of building “forty new hospitals” when everyone else who has analysed the proposal has found that the actual total is six? That miscount is so egregious, the only explanation is that he thinks that five-plus-one equals forty.
“And then of course, there is the disturbing collective miscount of this General Election campaign, in which the entire Tory Cabinet appear to have somehow decided that the number thirty-one thousand is the same as the number fifty thousand. Therefore, when ‘BoJob’ et al announced with almost fevered excitement that there would be ‘50,000 new nurses’ recruited to the National Health Service over the next term, the number they actually meant was 31,000. The nineteen thousand difference was made up of nurses who are already in the NHS, but who are projected to leave over the next five years, and Conservatives hope just to convince them to stay. Apparently, thirty-one thousand new recruits plus nineteen thousand old recruits who are persuaded to stay by means undefined equals fifty thousand ‘new‘ recruits.”
In contrast, Labour will end NHS privatisation.
Labour will increase NHS funding by 4.3 per cent per year – more than the 3.2 per cent per year offered by Mr Johnson’s Tories.
And Labour will establish a generic drug company to ensure that all medicines are available to the NHS at a fair price.
Considering all the above, let’s have a poll – and please share this article to ensure the maximum number of responses:
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