How the coalition is breaking the NHS

Alex Hern reports on the release of the new report on the NHS reforms, Breaking the NHS

 

Sign the petition to drop the bill

Despite requests to release the detail of the health & social care reform bill risk assessment from every corner, including the information commissioner, Andrew Lansley continues to withhold this vital detail and plough through his changes without an electoral mandate.

Released today, the report Breaking the NHS – stealing England’s health through reckless reform brings together a crowd of informed voices, all arguing that these reforms are a risk of unique proportions and that the Bill should be dropped at the earliest opportunity, while it is not too late to rescue the NHS from oblivion.

This is an excessively costly and wasteful exercise, based upon absolutely no evidence, at a time when every pound counts. It is a threat to professional standards and quality care and will herald a profit-focused approach which will also result in EU Competition Law costing the service millions of pounds in law suits from a dissatisfied private sector.

Far from improving patient chances, if implemented, the bill will result in increasing numbers of patients fighting to obtain treatment and care.

Collating the voices of patients, medical experts, numerous members of the House of Lords with medical backgrounds, including Lord David Owen, as well as shocking evidence of the entangled influence of private healthcare from the US, the report explores five areas:

The threat to patients; privatisation and EU competition law; the lack of evidence; the economy and wasting funds; and how the reforms are ignoring moral obligations

Stalwart leader of the fight against the Bill in the Lords, Baroness Glenys Thornton says:

“This is an important and well researched source of information about how damaging the health & social care bill will be for our NHS.

Many of the key areas of concern highlighted so well in this report have also been the subject of arguments put forward by the Labour Team throughout the progress of this dreadful bill.

“Anyone seeking information about the concerns over the bill will find this report of great value.”

The government argues it’s too late to reverse the process – but as well as demonstrating how withdrawal of the Bill would, at the very least, prevent the full scale destruction of the NHS and the full impact of marketisation, the report also shows that dropping it now will save at least £1 billion and put a stop to the most dangerous elements of these reforms.

On the day when Dr Kailesh Chand’s petition soars to almost 120,000 signatures, accumulating an extraordinary 40,000 in 24 hours, the contents of this report show exactly why everyone who knows about the urgent need to safeguard the NHS is speaking out

The report shows that a critical mass is now emerging to say one thing: Drop the bill.

Everyone who cares about the NHS should continue to sign the petitions, and help spread the report showing the damage the changes will cause to Britain.

See also:

The government continues to bury the risk of the NHS reformsAlex Hern, February 14th 2012

NHS productivity gain is just the latest evidence that socialised medicine brings down costsDaniel Elton, February 13th 2012

Look Left – Beginning of the end on the NHS billAlex Hern, February 10th 2012

The Financial Times comes out against the NHS billAlex Hern, February 9th 2012

Miliband goes on attack as fight to save the NHS stepped upShamik Das, February 6th 2012

40 Responses to “How the coalition is breaking the NHS”

  1. Gjhaddock

    What type of gov have we got. they are to rich themselves to care about anyone and do not listen to anyone all they care about is profit befor people

  2. Charles_vicky20

    why is cameron still in no 10 ,,,,i have a vote of no confidence ,what is a matter with everyone why dont we vote him out

  3. Peter

    We never voted them in! Its time this coalition is scrapped.

    This is a government cobbled together through a majority of seats and certainly not through being democratically elected on a manifesto to be put into action on our behalf.

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