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"The most common way people give away their power, is by thinking they don't have any" - Alice Walker

Dozens of hospital trusts across the country are looking at (or already have) set up private companies in which to transfer swathes of vital NHS staff and assets. The moves are supposedly to save money through a supposed VAT loophole designed to promote outsourcing, as well as on staff pay. They are also – an aspect overlooked in the coverage to date – supposed to promote a greater focus on “commercialising” hospital assets. More of that in a bit… “By the time people realise it’s been a catastrophe, it will be too late to undo” Unions and staff are up in arms […]
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This article was originally posted on the “Open Democracy” site here.   The government today released its amended regulations on NHS procurement after considerable outrage from campaigners and parliamentarians over what appeared clear breaches of agreements. But is the government still going ahead with compulsory NHS competition? This afternoon, the government published revised regulations under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012. The government has hastily re-written these regulations, the first draft of which would have forced commissioners to open just about every part of the NHS up to private sector competition. Howls of protest from grassroots groups, healthcare professionals, all the RoyalColleges, all the unions, […]
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PLEASE ACT NOW TO SAVE THE NHS! Right now, the government is trying to sneak through secondary legislation (under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act) to force virtually every part of the NHS to be opened up to compulsory competitive markets, open to the private sector. We have just over a month to stop them, and we need to start straight away. These regulations (SI 257) are likely to be the final straw for many of our NHS hospitals and clinics, already damaged by too much costly marketisation and cuts. The new regulations  render the content of the […]
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How should the health and social care service be funded in the future? Private charity and endowment, although inescapably essential at one time, cannot meet the cost of all this.  If the job is to be done, the State must accept financial responsibility. An insurance company…adds nothing but its own profits.  This profit is therefore wholly gratuitous because it does not derive from the creation of anything…there can never be a clearer case of the private exploitation of a product publicly produced. The means of collecting the revenues for the health service are already in the possession of most modern […]
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