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Opposition grows to NHS privatisation plans

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2287

A demonstration against NHS privatisation last year outside the offices of Care International. Protesters highlighted links between the company and the Tory party  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )</spa

A demonstration against NHS privatisation last year outside the offices of Care International. Protesters highlighted links between the company and the Tory party (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Government plans to outsource NHS commissioning hit obstacles on Tuesday of this week.

Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley claims his Health and Social Care bill will “empower” medical professionals.

But all the unions and professional organisations representing NHS staff oppose the bill.

Now a report by parliament’s health select committee warns that Lansley’s privatisation plans will interfere with other government plans for NHS cuts.

The committee report is the latest blow to Lansley’s bill. A survey of the Royal College of GPs this month found that 98 percent of its members want the bill withdrawn. And the British Medical Association came out against the bill in November.

This followed revelations that the government expects most health commissioning to be in private hands by 2016.

The Unite union has policy to organise a national demonstration against the bill.

Other opponents include the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwifery and the Unison union.


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Tue 24 Jan 2012, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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