Saturday, 18 February 2012
10 reasons why the Tory NHS Bill is a gross violation of the will of the nation
1. This was not in the Tory or Liberal Democrat manifestos, and so there is no mandate for it. In fact, the Liberal Democrats promised us 'elected health boards', whilst he Tory manifesto on health care does not mention the word private even once! (here) (here)
2. Twenty-three million voters want this NHS Bill abandoned, much much less want it kept. In addition, voters reject overwhelmingly the increased private provision in health care. (here)
3. There are 19 government MPs with majorities of less than 1,000, thus in their heart of hearts they know their constituents do not want this bill. In fairness to 'safe' Tories, their constituents just about accept these reforms. But for those 19 MPs, this is wilful violation of democracy.
4. Prior to Lansley's reforms, satisfaction with the NHS was massive. Only 5.5% of patients are dissatisfied with their 'choice' in hospital. There is no appetite for these reforms. (here)
5. The Information Commissioner has requested that the NHS Risk Register be published to inform opinion, but the Tories, especially Cameron, are blocking its publication. This is in violation of the principles of openness and transparency. That Risk Register will show that the NHS Bill will drive up costs. (here)
6. Top Tories are being funded by foreign private healthcare companies to the tune of £500 a hour for their consultation. This is a clear conflict of interest since these are the companies who will financially benefit from the NHS carve up. The Risk Register explicitly calls it a 'slice up'.
7. Swedish people have had a tortuous experience with private healthcare in their country. The government there are in cahoots with the private profiteers, and the health hustlers carry more political clout that the electorate. Private Healthcare companies have been found guilty of gross negligence and the same will occur here in the UK.
8. The entire medical profession are opposed to these reforms. The Royal College of Nurses, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners are all opposed to the NHS Bill. On page 46 of the Tory manifesto, they promised to 'trust health care professionals' and not have them face bureaucratic diktat from the government. This is a broken promise. (here)
9. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom promised the nation that there would be no top-down reorganisation of the NHS. Given that the bottom do not want these reforms and they are categorically being foisted upon them, that qualifies for a top down re-organisation of the NHS.
10. Aside from everything else, this is a bad bill. It has been rushed, it has not had proper consultation, all stakeholders have not been properly involved and the reforms have been poorly conveyed. 12 million voters do not know, or understand, the contents of the bill. That, empirically, smacks of a bad bill. If this NHS was the work of builders renovating a home, it would gain a prime time slot on Rogue Traders.