Desperate Tory attack on nurses and paramedics suggests their privatisation plan is in jeopardy

The Conservatives are getting desperate and their attacks on the National Health Service are showing it.

They are relying increasingly on their ill-informed client journalists in the likes of the BBC and Sky News for stories alleging that people’s lives are being endangered.

So on the BBC website today (December 21) I see claims of “a baby struggling to breathe” being rushed to hospital by parents after an ambulance failed to arrive – but this happened before ambulance workers started their strike; it was a result of Tory NHS underfunding.

“Will we know if more people have died due to strikes” a BBC editorial asks, in a ridiculous bid to say striking nurses will be responsible. They won’t; the strikes have been structured to ensure that any life-threatening situation will have adequate nursing cover – or at least as much cover as may be provided by the Tory-impoverished health service.

Again, it is the government that will be to blame – not nurses.

But like the Nazis, the Tory government and its client media think that repeating a lie often enough will persuade the public to believe it.

That seems to be the reason a Sky reporter quoted Health Secretary Steve Barclay as saying ambulance drivers had made a conscious decision to put lives at risk, while interviewing GMB National Secretary Rachel Harrison.

And what happened? She dropped him right into his place in no uncertain terms:

The point about the 133,000-strong staff shortage is hugely important. The government is spending a fortune on agency workers, and they’re not enough. Higher pay and better conditions form a much better alternative.

And the GMB hasn’t even made a pay demand like that of the nurses; it simply wanted a reasonable rise now, with a promise to return to parity with 2010 levels in the future.

Public opinion remains firmly with the NHS workers:

The problem for the Tories is that they have an agenda: they need to undermine support for people working in the NHS to push forward their plan to privatise healthcare altogether.

That plan is now in jeopardy because they do not expect to win the next general election, in late 2024 or early 2025. A government led by any other party – even Keir Starmer’s Labour – is likely to fortify the health service, rather than undermining it further.

And if the Tories lose an election, it seems unlikely they will ever win another, judging by current demographics.

What does this mean?

I’d say it means the argument over who is responsible for the disintegration of health care in the UK is going to get a lot nastier.

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  1. Terry Norman December 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Tories talking shyte I went to Southend Hospital with my son who needed an x ray we arrived at 11.50 am and were back in the car by 12.33 pm there were 30 strikers outside and the Hospital was running fine apart from queuing ambulances because of the Tory budget & bed cuts cuts

  2. Stu December 22, 2022 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Look at the front page of Thursday’s Telegraph which appears to show Barclay offering a deal to nurses but in reality is offering the paltry original offer earlier.
    In his arrogance, he is assuming that the Nurses are as greedy as him and will “snap up” the extra cash rather than hold out for a decently funded NHS.

  3. Stu December 22, 2022 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Barclay also raves on about the Busaries that Nurses get without mentioning that the Tories actually axed them and then were forced to re-instate them.
    Here’s an Guardian article from 2017 which shows one reason for the current staffing shortages that the Nurses today are striking over….

  4. Hecuba December 22, 2022 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Fascist tories are determined to destroy the NHS because how dare us peasants be accorded free health care! Fascist tories will continue their attacks on nurses, ambulance workers and in fact all workers who dare to strike and demand a real pay increase and an end to forced labour conditions!

    Fascist tories have two years to destroy our public health service and I predict it will happen!

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