Cameron’s “public sector revolution” – yet more NHS closures

In addition to the 3,000-plus hospital job cuts outlined by Left Foot Forward on Friday, further evidence emerged today of the savage cuts being inflicted on the NHS.

In an column in the Telegraph today the prime minister promised a revolution in public services with a new White Paper that will “decentralise public services and replace targets with common sense”. He ominously talks about his “mission to dismantle Big Government” while at the same time insisting his policy “is not about destabilising the public services that people rely on”.

However, the evidence of what’s been happening in the NHS recently would appear to be just that – destabilising, cutting, breaking up the services the public rely upon.

On Friday, Left Foot Forward outlined the catalogue of frontline cuts taking place in the health service – contradiciting David Cameron’s pre-election pledge that:

“…any cabinet minister if I win the election, if we win the election, who comes to me and says here are my plans and they involve frontline reductions they will be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.”

In addition to the 3,000-plus hospital job cuts outlined on Friday, further evidence emerged today of the savage cuts being inflicted on the NHS, with the Mirror reporting the closure of dozens of Accident and Emergency units:

“The Prime Minister and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley repeatedly promised to stop more than 30 casualty and maternity departments closing.

“But they are all being scrapped as the Conservative-led Government takes an axe to the health service, with the number of doomed units actually growing under Cameron’s rule. One unit was even shut by hospital bosses despite an outcry from local GPs – which should have saved it under Mr Lansley’s ‘strict rules’ on closures…

“Mr Cameron had also pledged to continue increasing NHS spending but the service faces a real-terms cut [as first revealed by Left Foot Forward].

“And he vowed to avoid new upheaval only to unleash a massive shake-up the health service, handing large parts over to private firms [as exposed repeatedly by Left Foot Forward].”

In his column the prime minister adds that the state “will still have a crucial role to play”:

“…ensuring fair funding, ensuring fair competition, and ensuring that everyone – regardless of wealth – gets fair access.”

Fine sentiments – but what about the reality?

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