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.