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STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!! -

Monday, January 30, 2017

The real costs of NHS contracting out -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies? -

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism? -

Friday, September 2, 2016

  • STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS

    A Sustainability and Transformation Plan is required for each of 44 geographic areas in England but they will not improve the NHS; in fact the reverse says NHS expert Roger Steer.

  • Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!!

    “That’s the standard technique of privatisation: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky Top of the range private medical insurance is no good to you if you are involved in an accident and need urgent treatment. Private hospitals do not have Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments so you will be taken to an NHS hospital with an A & E. Up and down England A & Es are being threatened with closure as figures from NHS Improvement (the new combined name for Monitor and part of the…

  • The real costs of NHS contracting out

    The NHS is being given away! Normally, ‘privatisation’ means that shares are sold by the state-owned organisation to private companies, financial institutions and individuals. But shares are not being sold in the NHS – it is being privatised by contracting out. It’s being given away, the taxpayer is not receiving one penny, and it’s downright theft. Not surprisingly, those benefitting from the taxpayers’ enforced largesse claim that this is not privatisation by the back door. The NHS will still exist although the provision of services will be contracted out to ‘any qualified provider’, which is supposed to be more efficient…

  • Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies?

    It looks as though the UK Government is subsiding private healthcare companies by allowing them to claim back VAT. And this is possibly illegal under EU regulations. A VAT loophole has led to the absurdity of NHS hospitals closing down their own pharmacies and the private sector opening new pharmacies in their place1.  This is happening because the private sector can claim back VAT paid on drugs, yet a NHS pharmacy cannot!! The NHS is exempt from VAT so it can neither charge VAT nor claim it back. However, private healthcare companies are registered for VAT and when dispensing prescription…

  • Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini I originally posted this article 3 years ago and, regrettably, it’s getting worse!! The UK economy today has some startling similarities to the economy of Nazi Germany and privatisation is at the heart of both. The Spanish economist Germà Bel1 stated that the word – which is synonymous with neo-liberalism and Thatcher – has its origins in the German word reprivatisierung (denationalisation) and the term was first used in English by the Berlin correspondent of the Economist in 19361 to describe how the Nazi…

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

Sep 2, 2016

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini I originally posted this article 3 years ago and, regrettably, it’s getting worse!! The UK economy today has some startling similarities to the economy of Nazi Germany and privatisation is at the heart of both. The Spanish economist Germà Bel1 stated that the word – which is synonymous with neo-liberalism and Thatcher – has its origins in the German word reprivatisierung (denationalisation) and the term was first used in English by the Berlin correspondent of the Economist in 19361 to describe how the Nazi…

Warning: The EU can seriously damage your health!!

Apr 11, 2016

A  Martian spaceship is returning to Mars when the ship’s doctor tells the Captain that a crew member is very ill and will not make it back to Mars. “What’s the nearest planet?” he asks the captain. “Earth, where do you want to land?” “I’ll let you know in a few minutes.” said the doctor as he googled “best health services on planet Earth” from a keyboard on the back of his hand. He was soon on the website the Commonwealth Fund(1) and quickly saw a chart comparing the health services in the 11 richest countries on Earth. The best…

The EU Referendum is about class!

Feb 19, 2016

Michael Gold at the DA Brexit Training Day

The EU is a Class Issue

Dec 15, 2015

“It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine Class war may have ended but there is still the politics of class and this includes perceptions of the European Union (EU). Generalisations are always that but there is a distinct likelihood that the middle and working classes will vote very differently over continued membership of the EU. The majority of the middle class see the EU as a wide canvas, and can buy-in to slogans like ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ (BSE). They accept that the EU is a work-in-progress, albeit a slow one,…

STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS

A Sustainability and Transformation Plan is required for each of 44 geographic areas in England but they will not improve the NHS; in fact the reverse says NHS expert Roger Steer.

Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!!

“That’s the standard technique of privatisation: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky Top of the range private medical insurance is no good to you if you are involved in an accident and need urgent treatment. Private hospitals do not have Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments so you will be taken to an NHS hospital with an A & E. Up and down England A & Es are being threatened with closure as figures from NHS Improvement (the new combined name for Monitor and part of the…

The real costs of NHS contracting out

The NHS is being given away! Normally, ‘privatisation’ means that shares are sold by the state-owned organisation to private companies, financial institutions and individuals. But shares are not being sold in the NHS – it is being privatised by contracting out. It’s being given away, the taxpayer is not receiving one penny, and it’s downright theft. Not surprisingly, those benefitting from the taxpayers’ enforced largesse claim that this is not privatisation by the back door. The NHS will still exist although the provision of services will be contracted out to ‘any qualified provider’, which is supposed to be more efficient…

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies?

It looks as though the UK Government is subsiding private healthcare companies by allowing them to claim back VAT. And this is possibly illegal under EU regulations. A VAT loophole has led to the absurdity of NHS hospitals closing down their own pharmacies and the private sector opening new pharmacies in their place1.  This is happening because the private sector can claim back VAT paid on drugs, yet a NHS pharmacy cannot!! The NHS is exempt from VAT so it can neither charge VAT nor claim it back. However, private healthcare companies are registered for VAT and when dispensing prescription…