The BBC is reporting that the National Health Service in England has set aside nearly £1.7bn this year for reorganisation. This is more than seven times what it aims to save on management! LINK
No consultation, No pilots, and it’s not even in the Lib Dem or the Conservative manifesto to give their private sector GP friends £80 billion of NHS PUBLIC money to play with, which many experts have said will lead to the dismantling of the NHS as we know it. There is no evidence whatsoever that their proposals will improve the service which has moved leaps and bounds since 1997. Indeed, with 23 of the 29 Lib Dem / Tory coalition Government ministers being millionaires, they will not use the Health Service in the way that ordinary people do. On BBC’s Question Time, Francis Maude admitted that he had opted for Private treatment out of choice on Thursday’s debate – therefore having no experience of seeing the improvements that have been made in the service when he had the opportunity to do so.
Yes, it isn’t a perfect system and there are improvements that are needed, but an overhaul of the whole system as we know it is not the answer. Things aren’t in such a bad state that such a radical approach is needed.
In their manifesto, the Conservative Party claimed that they were the Party of the NHS and now that they are in power, they want to introduce a system that is radically different to our current universal healthcare system. It was the Labour Party created it, we saved it, we value it and we will always support it. It is easily forgotten that in 1997, 284,000 patients waited more than 6 months for an operation. The figure today is almost zero. Waiting lists have fallen by over 500,000 and waiting times are now at their lowest level. Indeed waiting lists were a major issue under Tory Britain and now, not even a whimper.
We delivered the largest hospital building programme in its history, with 118 new hospital schemes opened and a further 18 under construction. The Tories claimed throughout the election campaign that Labour did not fix the roof while the sun was shining… WRONG! This is exactly what the Labour Party did achieve, literally, and the evidence lies right within the Central Middlesex NHS hospital in the London Borough of Brent. Extraordinary improvement in what quite frankly was once a dilapidated hospital.
That’s the Labour NHS legacy.