If you believe in a public NHS, the new health and care bill should set off alarm bells
The government is easing the way for the privatisation of the health service – where is the opposition to their plans?
Ten years ago, Andrew Lansley’s health and social care bill to reorganise the NHS in England faced enormous opposition. The current health and care bill, which has its second reading in the House of Lords today, has received far less attention. But it is no less significant. The new bill will continue the dismantling of the NHS, this time by adopting more features from the US health system. For anyone who cares about the NHS, this should set off alarm bells.
The proposals mean that for the first time since 1948, parliament will not determine to whom NHS services must be provided. The bill removes the requirement for emergency services to be provided for everybody present in an area. No explanation has been given for getting rid of it.
So do you think it is a good thing that the health care system in Great-Brittain will be more like the American system with for-profit healthcare providers?