The NHS is a Public Good – we must invest in it #Budget2017 #EconomicsFest leaflet

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November 21, 2017 by Protect Our NHS

Protect Our NHS produced this simple one-sided leaflet to hand out to people who attended the recent Bristol Festival of Economics session (#EconomicsFest) :

The End of the NHS? Not With a Bang but a Whimper

A pdf version is available for download here.

Available to be used / adapted by all.


“That’s the standard technique of privatisation: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital

Noam Chomsky 2011

  • The NHS is a Public Good. As a fully-funded health service for all, the NHS is capable of delivering the highest standard of care. The benefits far outweigh the cost. US-type ‘accountable care systems’ are based on area budget capping, rationing, private insurance, top-ups, & more private providers delivering services. This is what we are moving towards. The result is more inadequate mental and physical care which reduces participation in society and the workplace.
  • NHS funding. For the first time in its history NHS spending is falling per head of population. NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, says the government is underfunding health services by £20-£30bn a year. Finding this money is a political decision. (An estimated £4.5bn to £30bn per year could be saved by abolishing the NHS internal market, while £34bn goes in uncollected taxes – and possibly more, as the Paradise Papers reveal)
  • SPENDING The UK spends 9.7% of its GDP on health care compared with similar economies, France (11%), Germany (11.3%) & Sweden (11%).
  • STAFFING CRISIS. 10,000 EU health workers have left the NHS since the Brexit vote. The numbers of nurses & midwives leaving the profession have risen by 51% in just 4 years.
  • PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT. The first priority of private companies providing NHS care is to ensure a profit for their shareholders. There is no evidence that private providers, who include many corporate tax avoiders, can do a better job or are more efficient. This model leads to greater inequalities, post-code lotteries and higher costs. Medical bills are the biggest cause of bankruptcies in the privatised American health system.


“Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health   George Bernard Shaw 1909

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“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky

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