The Tories Are Wrecking the NHS in Order to Privatise It

Are we witnessing the unfolding of the last chapter of the Tories’ plan to privatise the NHS? The first step was taken by the Tory government under Margaret Thatcher in its National Health Services and Community act in 1990. This act introduced the internal market and competition, instead of cooperation, within the NHS. The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 pushed the marketisation and outsourcing of health and social care to private health providers to new levels. Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary College, University of London, in an article in the Guardian, characterised the Health and Social Care Act thus:

In March 2012 the coalition passed the Health and Social Care Act, which dismantles the NHS in England, paving the way for private funding (user charges and insurance) and the marketisation of healthcare. This new model of care is based on the American healthcare system, where risks and costs are passed to patients. The first things the act did were to remove the 64-year-old duty on the health secretary to provide services throughout England and to make commercial contracting virtually compulsory. Today, clinicians, nurses, managers and armies of consultants and lawyers spend their days preparing multiple bids, tenders and awarding contracts, instead of providing patient care. Every year thousands of contracts are put out to tender, many of them going to the private sector.

This brings us to the present crisis…

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