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Tories book residential home beds to relieve NHS pressures after strike negotiations fail AGAIN

Health Secretary Steve Barclay outlined plans to ease “severe pressures” on the NHS and free up hospital beds.

The emergency measures were announced hours after talks intended to end strike action by NHS workers ended in failure.

So what happened?

Well… First we were told that prime minister Rishi Sunak was planning to offer a lump sum to help nurses who were facing “hardship”.

But this created a problem for the government because it meant the Tories had to admit that their starvation wages were causing hardship – and that’s a bad look for any government:

Did he even offer these payments?

Apparently not. All we know is that leaders of Unite said the government had missed “yet another opportunity” by demanding “productivity” improvements …

And those at Unison came out of the talks complaining of no “tangible” offer from the Health Secretary…

So there you have it.

Steve Barclay is bulk-booking beds in private residential homes – with £250 million of public money – because he refuses to pay nurses a living wage.

Indeed, he has demanded that they should work longer than 18 hours a day in order to justify any increased payment.

This is simply unreasonable and reinforces claims that the Tory government is pushing NHS wages down in order to make it more appetising for private buyers after the public has been convinced that privatisation is the only way to improve healthcare in the UK…

And we know that this is a lie. Private health cherry-picks the most lucrative health procedures but then cuts corners in order to make ever-higher profits, and the public purse ends up being forced to pay to put matters right.

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Revolutionary plan to make NHS viable: ‘Getting value for money’

What were people saying about Tories being better with money than Labour?

It’s Labour peer Lord Carter who has suggested that the NHS could save nearly £1.5 billion, every year, simply by getting value for the public money it spends, rather than splurging out all kinds of cash for basic essentials.

He only surveyed 22 hospitals but found that latex gloves cost £5.44 in one and £2.39 in another. How much does it cost to manufacture the flimsy little things? Look ’em up on the Internet and you can get them for £2.90 per box of 100.

Aprons ranged from £2.51 to £4.20. Amazon will get you a pack of 100 for £3.09.

Then, of course, there are the more expensive issues:

Some hip operations are costing more than double the amount that they should, with some expensive replacements not lasting as long as cheaper ones – costing the NHS £17m a year.

Dare one even suggest that this may be a result of privatisation?

Lord Carter reckoned the NHS should get value for money by cutting down the number of product lines it uses. Perhaps he means the service should use the cheapest equipment that is still reliable? Why isn’t this happening already?

He said the NHS could make bulk purchases, achieving significant discounts, to make these savings.

Now, let’s stop and think for a moment. Does anybody else think that maybe this issue could have been prevented if the Conservative Party had not introduced something called the Internal Market in 1990?

With different health authorities buying for themselves, rather than the whole health service achieving the best value, wastage was bound to happen.

The Conservatives are to blame, it seems.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospitals should no longer be “paying over the odds for basic items”. “The NHS has huge potential buying power as the world’s biggest buyer of healthcare products, so we should be driving for the best-value deals every time,” he said. “I want to see a seven-day health service that delivers for working people. That means cutting out waste and making sure every penny counts.”

Does this count as an apology for 25 years of neoliberal mismanagement?

If so, when will the misprint-prone Hunt be dismissing wasteful private firms from our health service?

The answer, of course, is never – at least, not under a Conservative government. The privatisation – and the wastefulness that comes with it, will continue until the cost of maintaining the health service becomes the excuse the Tories need to abolish it altogether.

If you voted Conservative, it’s what you wanted!

The funding gap is expected to reach £30 billion by 2020, meaning Carter’s savings are unlikely to make a huge difference.

Reorganising the service to get best value across the board – including kicking out overcharging, underperforming and postcode lottery-creating privateers – might just help.

Source: Simple changes could save NHS £1.5bn, says Labour peer – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent

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