Pressure Group | UK Government No Longer Controls NHS

Pressure Group – UK Government No Longer Controls NHS

Did you hear what the Conservative health minister, Jane Ellison said about our NHS?

“I don’t know how much any of you realise that with the Lansley act we pretty much gave away control of the NHS …it is a bit like being on a high wire without a net at times, it can be quite exciting.” [1]

So, it’s finally come out. The government have admitted that they’ve washed their hands of our NHS, and apparently, it’s “exciting”.

Back when 38 Degrees members campaigned to stop Andrew Lansley’s NHS plans, we were told that it did not stop the government from having control. But, like we suspected, it has.

It’s now been one year since Lansley’s Health Act came into force – but with a year to go until the General Election we can make it a big issue for voters.

PS: The British Medical Association has come out today with a damning verdict on the Health Act. Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chair of the BMA and one of the country’s most senior doctors has said:

“The test for any government health policy should be whether it delivers for patients. By almost every measure the current system is failing. It’s concerning that, a year on from the Health and Social Care Act coming into force, doctors believe patient care is being compromised, not improved.” [2]

NOTES:

[1] The Guardian: NHS is out of control, says Tory health minister:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/21/nhs-control-given-away-tory-minister

[2] Mirror: Tories put profits before patients: Doctors’ verdict on ‘damaging’ NHS reforms:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-put-profits-before-patients-3745170

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