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NHS reforms: the lethal prescription

What are the Tories' plans for the health service?

Issue No. 2302

Campaigners rally for the NHS in March (Pic: Smallman )

Campaigners rally for the NHS in March (Pic: Guy Smallman)

  1. The NHS reforms will put us on the road to a system based on insurance, not taxation.
    That means that if you’re sick, you may not be able to get treatment unless you are covered. And insurers may refuse to cover some conditions if they think it’s too expensive.
  2. Private firms will run the service
    So-called GPs’ groups are just a Trojan horse for profit-hungry companies. Already Richard Branson’s Virgin Care is moving in to take over some key NHS services.
  3. Private patients will jump the queue
    The amount of private work NHS hospitals can do is going up from 3 percent of the total to a huge 49  percent. When resources are tight, paying patients will be given priority

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