My good friend Roy Connell brought this rather worrying article – see link above – from the New Statesman to my attention. It is a sobering read indeed.
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above – but it is far from being the whole story!
Question – Which political party pursued the privatisation of GP services in the NHS when last in government? Answer – Labour.
Question – Name a community which was subject to Labour’s GP privatisation project? Answer – Maghull.
It’s as though Labour has zapped all their NHS privatisation policies from their own memories and then flipped over to condemn NHS privatisation! It is a fact that more of the NHS has been privatised under Labour. It is also a fact that here in Sefton Central constituency we were meant to be a big part in Labour’s NHS privatisation push of GP services.
My posting of 5th October 2012 refers:-
I really do think that the press are letting Labour off by helping them forget their previous crimes when in government. The problems being faced on Merseyside as a consequence of NHS privatisation of GP services were started by Labour when in government.
And this is the same Labour Party that has failed to pledge the £8bn needed to keep the NHS afloat!
Responding to Labour’s announcement on private provision in hospitals, Liberal Democrat General Election campaign spokesman Brian Paddick said:
“This is rank hypocrisy from a Labour party totally beholden to the private sector when in government.
“Under Labour, private providers were paid 11 per cent more than NHS providers for the same treatment and their PFI deals are still costing the taxpayer £1bn a year in repayments.
“The Liberal Democrats put an end to these sweetheart deals, blocked PFI contracts, prevented privatisation of the NHS through the back door and increased NHS funding each year.
“Now we are the only party with a detailed plan to fund the extra £8bn the NHS says it needs – almost three times more than Labour will commit.
“Labour let the NHS down, the Liberal Democrats stepped in to save it and are now the only party fully committed to funding its future.”