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Cameron health ‘reforms’ are a mess

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2252

Tory plans to “reform” the NHS out of existence are taking a battering as public anger continues to grow.

Now even the leading doctor brought in to review the proposals has declared the plans “unworkable”.

Professor Steve Field warned last week that forcing hospitals to compete could “destroy essential services”.

A desperate David Cameron was forced to respond by visiting a London hospital to pledge his family’s “love for the NHS”.

But beneath his honeyed words were barbed warnings that the Tories are in no mood to retreat. “It is because I love the NHS so much that I want to change it,” he said.

But Cameron said he remains committed to more privatisation and more competition in the NHS.

Private healthcare companies are already rubbing their hands together at the prospect of grabbing our cash.

Cameron made Mark Britnell one of his most senior advisers. He is now “head of health” at the accountancy giant KPMG.

In comments at a conference organised by the private equity company Apax, Britnell claimed that the next two years would provide a “big opportunity” for the for-profit sector.

Britnell told his parasitical audience that, “The NHS will be shown no mercy and the best time to take advantage of this will be in the next couple of years.” This most trusted Tory confidante has revealed the real motivation behind the government’s plans—profits for big business.

It is clear that Cameron’s embrace of the NHS is nothing of the kind. It is a stranglehold.

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Tue 17 May 2011, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2252
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