Steve Barclay can wag his jaws all he wants but the Tories are still preparing the NHS for privatisation

The big takeout from this clip is around eight minutes in. I’ll copy it below:

“Not that it’s just underfunding that [the Conservatives in government] use to stop the NHS from functioning properly.

“They broke up the NHS into smaller, less efficient parts, unconnected parts; they’ve put people with private healthcare interests in charge of NHS budget decisions in the NHS trusts, they’ve allowed hospital buildings to fall into disrepair, they’ve systematically lowered people’s standard of living – making illness and injury more likely in the population to increase the burden on the health service, they’ve reduced the number of [staff] employed in the service; this collapse of the NHS isn’t sudden… it’s been happening for years.

“Before Covid we had at least two years’ of reports of patients being left in corridors – not always even on a trolley.”

At least three years, in fact. Here‘s an article from This Site in January 2017. Bear in mind, that is now six years ago.

“This has been going on for a very long time indeed, across five different Tory prime ministers, now.”


“To a Tory, ‘efficiency’ doesn’t mean what it does to you or I. It doesn’t mean ‘doing more with your resources’… it means having fewer resources. It means cutting the resources – and just hoping that the productivity stays the same.

“The Tory meaning of efficiency is always – always, 100 per cent of the time – job cuts.

“[Their angle] will be: ‘You can have better pay; we will pay you more – if that comes as a result of sharing out the salaries of staff leaving the service, and you do their work on top of your own. We don’t even try to recruit replacements. You do the extra work.

“That’s what it will mean.”

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1 thought on “Steve Barclay can wag his jaws all he wants but the Tories are still preparing the NHS for privatisation

  1. Martyn Meacham

    Not only the tories are preparing to privatise the NHS , but Starmer and his fake Labour, tory party are as well…Both parties are filled with self serving, scumbag MPs that have no intention of serving Britain or the British people. They only serve those who pay them the most.

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