Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book calling for the NHS to be dismantled
The free download of the book "Direct Democracy" of which Jeremy Hunt is an author can be found here (click this). The free download of the second book "The Plan", which Jeremy Hunt puts his name in support to can be found here (click this). Neither book is very kind to the NHS.
So, what do Jeremy Hunt's favourite books say about the NHS? In short, they are pretty scathing of the NHS. The one which is part-authored by Hunt advocates the de-nationalisation of the NHS and the use of a USA style insurance scheme were patients pay into their individual pots and decide how to spend it. Some of the ways both books talk about the NHS give serious cause for concern that Jeremy Hunt is now in charge of the NHS.
I will as I read through both books put some of the key phrases in this article (below).
1. Page 98 of the 2008 book mocks the NHS as "the national sickness service".
2. The problem with the NHS is not one of resources. Rather, it is that the system remains a centrally run, state monopoly, designed over half a century ago.
3. Page 78 of the 2005 book says the following "Our ambition should be to break down the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the provision of health care in Britain"
4. Page 31 of he 2005 book says the following "They are told that record investment has transformed the NHS; but their hospital seems as grimy as ever."
5. Page 40 of the 2008 book mocked the NHS as a Quango "The NHS is one among many institutions that make up the quango state."
6. Page 74 of the 2005 book states the following "The problem with the NHS is not one of resources.
Rather, it is that the system remains a centrally run, state monopoly"
7. Page 76 of the 2005 book states "The NHS was designed over half a century ago, at a time of rationing and deep poverty. It was, and remains, a child of its time".
8. Page 80 of the 2005 book states "a 1940s monopolistic structure is no longer relevant in the Twenty-first
9. Page 74 of the 2005 book states "We should fund patients, either through the tax system or by way of universal insurance, to purchase health care from the provider of their choice."
Here (click this link) is a copy of the letter that Andy Burnham has sent to Jeremy Hunt about his co-authorship of Direct Democracy's call to de-nationalise the NHS.