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After health report shows cuts kill… We need nurses, not Tory hit squads

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Issue 2362

Tory health minister Jeremy Hunt is threatening to send “hit squads” into hospitals following an inquiry into excess deaths at 14 hospital trusts.

The inquiry was reporting as Socialist Worker went to press.

Professor Sir Brian Jarman, who contributed to the report, blamed staff shortages for the deaths. “Doctors make mistakes if they are overworked,” he said. “If you don’t have enough trained nurses, as with doctors, you get higher death rates.”

But Hunt wants even more cuts in the NHS.

The inquiry was set up following the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster. Up to 1,200 people died unnecessarily in Mid Staffordshire hospitals between 2005 and 2009. 

The Francis inquiry into the deaths blamed cost-cutting as bosses tried to make savings and become a foundation trust.

The Tories blame Labour for failings in the health service. But they are hypocrites. Both parties back privatisation of the NHS—which leads to more deadly cuts.

The Tories’ Health and Social Care Act means every hospital must become a foundation trust. These are run more like businesses than services. And many are failing.

The NHS isn’t safe in the Tories’ hands. This latest report is just one more reason to join the march for the NHS at the Tory party conference on 29 September. 

 

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