Outcry as #Labour says it will go #private to clear #NHS backlog

Wes Streeting: nice hair – shame about the policies.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting has stabbed the NHS in the back by saying a future Labour government would pay private health companies to reduce the Tory-created health treatment backlog.

Organisations within the NHS responded instantly by calling for healthcare workers to join a union and get organised – on the reasonable ground that “saving the NHS isn’t coming out of Westminster.”

Others reacted with fury to Streeting himself:

And his claim that private sector involvement can cut waiting lists has been disproved:

But then, Streeting appears to have a reputation for backing duff causes:

His comment was a betrayal of a key leadership pledge by current Labour leader Keir Starmer. Funny, that – only last week, Starmer said he stood by those pledges, even though he has broken every single one of them since becoming party leader.

Even if they do join trade unions, those unions are being advised to disaffiliate from Starmer’s Tepid Tory Party, in favour of stronger activism in their own right – for a very pertinent and obvious reason:

Finally, the satirists have had a chance for some fun:

I’m not saying Alan B’Stard could have been a blueprint for Streeting. But the future the fictional character suggested makes more sense than the Shadow Health Secretary’s fantasy.

Besides, there’s an obvious answer to the provision of NHS healthcare by private firms which is that the UK government should simply take it.

The process is called expropriation. In times of national need (like now), the government may simplytake the required service from the appropriate source, which must provide it.

That would be simple and cost-effective. Ah, but it would upset Wes Streeting’s privatisation-based beliefs, wouldn’t it? Poor baby.

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2 thoughts on “Outcry as #Labour says it will go #private to clear #NHS backlog

  1. Dave Rowlands

    And when the mistakes are made by these “Private” companies it will be the NHS who pick up the pieces, do we actually have to pay twice for incompetence?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Excellent point! I have written at least one article pointing out that after people have gone private for operations, they have had to go to the NHS to have those BOTCHED operations fixed.

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