May 10, 2017 by Protect Our NHS
If the Conservatives win on June 8th there will be no NHS as we know it.
Since 2010 they have starved our health service of funds, split it up into competing organisations and encouraged private corporations to run it for their own profit, as in the USA. Dedicated NHS staff are desperately trying to keep patients safe but the cracks are now splitting open – it is now up to YOU to act and vote against this Conservative government.
- More hip and cataract operations are being refused (4 million people on operation waiting lists)
- A&E departments are overflowing (15,000 hospital beds closed in 6 years)
- GPs are too busy to give you an appointment (400 fewer GPs last year)
- Nurses are feeding their children from food banks (1% pay cap for NHS staff and loss of nursing training bursary)
Why do we say another Conservative government will finish off the NHS? Look at what they say and what has happened since 2010:
- The Conservatives say they are spending more on the NHS, yet their current plans involve huge cutbacks. Bristol region will have £305 million slashed from its health budget by 2020 which will result in fewer hospital beds, less staff, massive cuts in services. We are now spending much less of our wealth on healthcare than other European countries (8.5% v Europe’s 10.1%).
- The Conservatives say that competition and privatisation increases efficiency, but this is untrue. The huge increase in managers, accountants and legal advice is estimated to cost at least £4.5 billion a year. Before this market approach was developed, Britain’s NHS was the envy of the world and consistently topped international leagues for efficiency.
- The Conservatives say that private is better than public, but better for whom? When a private company gets a NHS contract, its first duty is to make a profit for shareholders and executives. Taxpayers’ money is siphoned off: patients and staff suffer and only the rich benefit. For example, the NHS pays the company Carillion £2 million a month for building and servicing Southmead hospital. The NHS always picks up the tab when private companies get it wrong – 6000 patients a year are admitted as emergencies from private hospitals.
- To make up for years of Conservative neglect will require an investment of money. The Conservatives are not interested in investing in increased spending on public services and say the country (the 6th richest in the world) can’t afford it. We say our lives depend on the NHS: we can’t NOT afford it! We need to elect a government that raises funds for the NHS from business and the wealthy. For example, corporate tax avoidance is rife. £34 billion of tax goes uncollected each year. All the while the rich get ever richer.
You may be someone who doesn’t vote, or feels nothing will help, or someone who has always voted Conservative. But this time, now, June 8th, think what is most important to you, and …
… Use your vote to save and re-build our health service
Register to vote at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (by 22nd May)
Come to Protect Our NHS’s public meeting on 18th May “The NHS [Reinstatement] Bill – Saving the NHS from Trump and May”