The NHS is the Labour Party’s greatest achievement — but nothing so far suggests a Starmer government will do what’s necessary to keep it alive.
75 years after its creation, the NHS is drifting from its original ideals – a result of both Tory and Labour policies that allowed private interests to carve up healthcare for profit.
The NHS crisis is not the product of Covid or strikes – it’s the result of 12 years of political choices. If we don’t demand change today, we may not have an NHS left to save.
During six years as health secretary, Jeremy Hunt waged war on workers and ran the NHS into the ground – now, media pundits want us to believe he’s the ‘sensible’ alternative to Boris Johnson.
In the midst of another variant surge in Covid cases, the Tory government has decided to sell off the brand new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovations Centre – just the latest step in healthcare privatisation.
Rishi Sunak says he’s worried about the cost of keeping up Covid boosters in a stretched NHS budget. There’s a solution to that: fund the NHS properly.
The passage of the Health and Care Bill further erodes the principles on which the NHS was built – but the fight for its future isn’t lost, and there’s still time to save our public health system.
The Tories’ Health and Care Bill not only provides new opportunities for private firms to decide policy and pick up contracts – it also reduces the local accountability which keeps essential services in place.
Many of those using private care services today would once have been cared for by the NHS. Now they are at the mercy of profiteers, and for one reason – Thatcher’s pro-market reforms of Britain’s health system.
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher rose to power aiming to build a free-market Britain. One of her first ambitions was NHS reform – and she set in motion many of the process that still undermine the health service today.
From nurses to hospitals to overall investment, every major health pledge the Tories have made in this election campaign can be shown to be a lie. They can’t be trusted with the NHS.