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NHS bill will start Tories' sell-off plan

Issue No. 2234

The Tories want to privatise the NHS. They will publish a new health bill on Monday of next week that will hand over up to 80 percent of the NHS budget to GPs.

They spin the change as increasing choice and giving power to local people. In reality they are breaking up the NHS and opening it up to big business.

GPs will not be the ones making decisions about which services to provide. They won’t have time to implement the complex new system.

Instead, private companies will be brought in to administer it. And the main concern of private companies is how to make profits.

Thousands of specialist jobs are already being slashed in the run-up to the replacement of existing health authorities and primary care trusts.

The government’s plan will compound the growing NHS funding crisis, remove democratic accountability and benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.

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Tue 11 Jan 2011, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2234
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