Failure of NHS privatisation is proved by harm to patients kept waiting in ambulances

Waiting: ambulances outside a hospital. Strange how privatisation was supposed to improve healthcare but, since it was brought in, the NHS has only deteriorated.

A report for ambulance service chiefs shows that around 160,000 hospital patients in England are being harmed every year because of delays getting them out of ambulances.

As many as 12,000 – or one in 10, could be suffering severe harm like a cardiac arrest, loss of a limb or brain damage.

The ambulance drivers aren’t at fault.

The problem lies with the UK’s Conservative government that has de-funded the National Health Service to a critical degree, while also inviting profit-making private firms to provide some services – taking even more money from healthcare provision.

In a way, we should be grateful for the collapse of healthcare provision since 2010, under the Conservatives.

The delays that have kept patients waiting in ambulances – and thereby risking serious injury – have only become seriously harmful since the Tories brought private providers into the English health service.

They demonstrate more clearly than words that the introduction of those private providers into NHS England has been a disaster for patient care.

And they show that the best possible strategy for the future of healthcare in England is to ban private profit-grubbers from the NHS – forever. Otherwise this nightmare will only get worse.

Source: Ambulance delays outside hospitals are harming 160,000 patients, leaked report warns | The Independent

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1 thought on “Failure of NHS privatisation is proved by harm to patients kept waiting in ambulances

  1. SteveH

    An impending crisis is also looning in the privatised care sector.

    Research commissioned by Citizens UK into the effect of low pay on employees in the care sector has found that
    ▪️73% of workers are struggling to afford their day-to-day essentials, including buying food and paying bills.

    ▪️87% of carers reporting that they worry so much about money that it affects their everyday life,
    ▪️56% of care workers were found to be skipping meals for financial reasons.
    ▪️20% told researchers that they skip meals “all the time” and
    ▪️38% said they did so “often” or “occasionally”.
    ▪️24% said they use a food bank or other aid provider.
    https://labourlist.org/2021/11/73-of-care-workers-struggle-to-afford-day-to-day-essentials-research-finds/

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