Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party explains in the following video what is happening to our NHS, beyond any doubt. The NHAP are a single issue party – focusing solely on the protection of our National Health Service against the privatisation and top down re-organisation currently taking place.
The NHAP is mainly made up of doctors, nurses and medical professionals, but wants everyone to join and become aware of the biggest changes to the NHS it’s history – changes which are threatening it’s future.
The question is not whether the NHS is being privatised. It is. Parts already have been. It is being sold off in contracts worth billions as we speak, to companies such as Virgin Care, who’s sole goal is profit, at the expense of care, standards and public health. In Surrey, Virgin care have taken over a £450m contract to provide health services, and the differences are clear:
“Since Virgin took it over from the NHS, patients have had to wait up to three weeks for an appointment instead of three days, three GPs have been reduced to one, and three nurses cut to one part-time nurse. And while the company boasts about the surgery’s opening hours, often there are no clinicians present, just an open empty building. Locals complain that Virgin has “brought Third World medical standards to Kings Heath.”
Over £5 billion worth of contracts to run or manage clinical NHS services have been advertised since relaxation on NHS competition laws were passed in Section 75, in April 2013, under this government. 70% of these contracts have gone to commercial companies.
The NHS is one of the best health services in the world, and has been for a long time.
But the government have been working hard to dirty it’s name and push propaganda that suggests it is not working, that it is failing patients and is costing too much. However, the most detrimental and damaging actions have been the cuts to services and funding – which are leaving hospitals and clinics understaffed, and privatisation has meant that companies are now able to pick and choose and bid for the areas in the NHS which are most profitable – leaving the NHS to deal with the more difficult and expensive areas at public expense. Where the government has caused the NHS to suffer because of government actions, the NHS is then blamed for subsequent problems.
The coalition promised not to privatise the NHS and have proceeded to live out one of the biggest lies in politics. Part of the reason they could not be truthful is because the NHS is close to all of our hearts, and is seen and deservedly known as one of the greatest achievements of any society. So now we need to act to protect it.
This video explains all you need to know:
‘The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it’
Aneurin Bevan meeting NHS patients in 1948
“The NHS is the one of the single greatest achievements of any civilisation, ever, anywhere in the history of the world.”