As an NHS worker in the UK this story is both dear and near to my heart. As a potential NHS patient also I have a vested interest in protecting and maintaining this wonderful UK Health Service. With retirement only a stone's throw away it is my possible patient status that offers me the greatest cause for concern.
Many people believe that the Tory Government have no such ideals and would be happy to dismantle the NHS. Today more evidence of this has been revealed.
Peer Shirley Williams, former Labour poilitician and long time activist of the Liberal Democrats, has voiced her concerns over Health Minister Andrew Lansley's plans to reform the NHS. The NHS may need some updating but does it need an expensive major overhaul right now? The answer has to be no.
The latest news is that the government are looking at plans to sell-off the management of 20 UK hospitals to overseas companies. This is bad news for all concerned. Patients, the community and the staff will face an uncertain future. If this happens you have to assume it wil lead to further sell-offs. If not the NHS will be operating a worse health-care post-code lottery than ever before.
Emails have been released which show the ideas. Lansley as usual has poo pooed the information. It was only released after a Freedom of Information request by non-profit investigations organisation Spinwatch. So if it is nothing to worry about why all the secrecy?
Lansley again states that privatisation of the NHS is not on the cards but this move would be seen by many as the start of it. Sadly we all rememeber Maggie Thatacher and her government's sell-off of the UK. This left less wealth for future governments and future generations. It also left an unworkable rail system and more.
Personally, it just shows the sort of reform this Government are considering. Just who the foreign investors would be is not known. If it were to happen the plan is to sell one hospital at a time. I guess they thought they could sneakily achieve thier ends through the back door as usual. Think again David,