There’s so much negativity in the press, on TV and in government statements at the moment. Every imperfection of the NHS is magnified and held up for public ‘horror’ – a clear strategy to try to undermine public affection for our National Health Service.
So it seems like a good time to re-publish this post, which shows what a real ‘horror story’ looks like, to remind us that the NHS, though imperfect, is a boon and a blessing no matter how hard those who hate it try to denigrate it.
But the real horror is that the process of removing the NHS as a public institution with care provided ‘free at the point of need’, begins tomorrow, 1 April, as the new commissioning processes and enforced inclusion of private providers kick in.
If you’d like to help defend the NHS, there’s a very practical way to do so. Please take a look at www.ccgwatch.org.uk/launching-ccgwatch-org-uk-please-help-crowdfund-the-fight-against-nhs-privatisation/
and if you feel like supporting the work, consider giving a small donation and spreading the word to your friends. Thanks!
I and others have written at length about Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s catastrophic Health and Social Care Act and the disastrous effect it’s having on the NHS. I’ve written variously about the BBC’s near-criminal silence on the matter, the blackmail tactics the government has used on the BBC to force it to collude in this way, and on the BBC’s indolence and arrogance if anyone complains about it.
I’ve also written about the Tories’ real feelings about our National Health Service and their determination to break it up and sell it off along with the rest of the welfare state, and the origins and history of their ideological motivations for doing so.
And yet I still get a steady stream of Tweets, comments on this blog and email messages from people who’ve fallen for the government’s (and its media mates’) propaganda that the NHS is inefficient and wasteful (it…
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