Ten years after Tony Blair announced that there were “24 hours to save the NHS” the extent of the financial crisis in the health service and the mania for privatisation has become even more apparent.
Analysis of the figures showed that the number of qualified nurses working in the NHS fell by 5,826.
According to the Financial Times, Tony Blair has approved the appointment of R Channing Wheeler, who worked for US-based multinational UnitedHealth.
UnitedHealth has profited from the US system of healthcare in which only those with money can expect to receive treatment.
Wheeler’s former employers are being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged financial “irregularities”.
The 120 members of the GMB union decided to act after being told that they would have to work extra hours and take a pay cut.
Jeanie Morris, a nurse at the unit, praised former patients and staff who turned out in force to support the protest.
“It is about time people stood up to the cuts,” she said.
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