The real reason the NHS is in crisis

UKIP oppose any further PFI deals and would encourage buying out of existing schemes where funds are available

It's not an aging population or patient demand that's created a crisis in our NHS.

Posted by EvolvePolitics on Saturday, 14 January 2017

An open letter to John McDonnell MP

Dear John

I recently received your letter to residents announcing your intention to stand again for the Hayes & Harlington constituency in the General Election.

In your letter, you raise the issues of the NHS and the local housing crisis – Both are extremely important issues and you are quite right to highlight them.

Having read the letter, I would like to raise the following points.

1 – The NHS

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You state that you fear a Conservative win at the next General Election will lead to the NHS being privatised and sold off. Whilst I share that fear, you appear to overlook the fact that your party (Labour) in government started the privatisation of the NHS and indeed introduced more privatisation to the service than the Coalition have done since taking power in 2010.

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How Labour privatised the NHS

 

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Labour claims that UKIP ‘wants to privatise the NHS, and charge people to see their GP’.

Yet Labour used a Tory scheme to privatise new  hospitals – and landed us with massive costs and  debts for the next 30 years.

PFI: the ‘Private Finance Initiative’.

A scheme invented by the  Conservatives to get private  companies to build and run hospitals and other ‘public’ assets – at a huge profit.

Between 1997 and 2010, the Labour government signed more than 100 PFI contracts in the Health Service, worth more than £79 billion –  contracts that make private  companies very rich indeed.

As well as paying back seven or eight times what the hospitals actually cost over the next 20-30 years, the  government pays the private firms HUGE sums to run them.

Like the plug socket that cost £320, or changing a light-bulb for £333*.

Or the company that charged £52,000 for a job that cost £750*. And the  hospital in Bromley which cost £1.2 billion – 10 times what it is worth*.

And it’s Labour’s health spokesmen that want to charge people to see their GP – not UKIP’s.

In March 2014, Lord Warner,  LABOUR’S former Minister of State at the Department of Health, said that NHS users should pay £10 a month and £20 for every night in hospital.

In August 2014, the LABOUR peer Lord Winston said that patients should be charged £200 to see their GP so that they would ‘learn to  appreciate the NHS’.

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