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Tories are hypocrites on NHS private funding

Issue No. 2271

The NHS will be forced to slash vital hospital services, including accident & emergency and maternity units—and that’s according to one of its top bosses.

Mike Farrar, head of the NHS Confederation, claims the £20 billion cuts the Tories want to make to the service by 2015 “means our finances are under more strain than ever”.

This further gives the lie to David Cameron’s pre-election mantra, “I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.”

The huge cuts to funding will be accompanied by massive sell-offs. This will mean fewer NHS staff working with less equipment on worse pay and conditions.

And private healthcare bosses profit as a result.

Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley astonishingly blamed Labour.

He said that Labour part-privatisation PFI schemes had “brought some parts of the NHS to the brink of financial collapse”.

It’s true that PFI schemes caused chaos in the NHS and led to huge amounts of money being funnelled into the private sector.

But it was the Tories, under John Major in 1992, who introduced PFI into the NHS. New Labour disastrously continued this failed policy.

People’s lives and health should not be put at risk because the Tories want to slash public spending.

The money is there—in the pockets of the bosses who are now bidding for lucrative NHS contracts.

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Tue 27 Sep 2011, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2271
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