So this weekend the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has been defending the NHS Reform Bill:
“Because this is a coalition government, the health bill was stopped in its tracks and rewritten”
“Because this is a coalition competition will be the servant of health care, not the master because this is a coalition government. Because it is a coalition government, this is a bill for patients not profits. It is not a Liberal Democrat health bill but it is a better bill because of the Liberal Democrats, a better bill because of you.” Nick Clegg.
Seems Clegg is totally glossing over the fact that if he and his party hadn’t joined the Tories then there wouldn’t be a Health Reform Bill at all. Claiming to have improved it is a spurious claim. Much like the claim the health service needs reform; it’s about the Tories lining their friend’s pockets with profits from the NHS.
Friends, like John Nash.
The Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley received donations from the wife of John Nash, chairman of Care UK a company which is set to reap vast profits from the Health Reform Bill. In fact Caroline Nash has given £203,500 to the Tories over the past five years. But the donations to Lansley are particularly troubling, surely there’s a conflict of interest that should bar him from the office of Secretary of State for Health, however not something that seems to worry the Tory leader, David Cameron.
As an aside what on earth did Lansley get a CBE for? Running the Tories 1992 election campaign is the answer. Now I could get completely off the point here, I’ll just say it’s about time the bankrupt system of honours was abolished, along with royalty come to that.
Back to the NHS, then there’s Dolar Popat chief executive of TLC Health Care who gave the Tories £200,000 and promptly received a peerage. Then there’s Tory MP Mark Simmonds who’s paid £50,000 a year for ten hours work a month by Circle Health the first company awarded control of a NHS hospital by the Tories.
Clegg’s no better his party have accepted around a million pounds from tax dodging non-doms Alpha Health Care since 2004.
I could go on but the point being made is being under reported by in the media, I guess they want a slice of the action themselves, maybe a nice peerage, maybe they’re afraid they’ll lose access to government ministers? Who knows? But it’s about time we woke up and smelled the bullshit before it’s too late.
Like anything there’s always improvements that can be made and the NHS is certainly no different, but handing it to private companies isn’t the answer, they’ll be motivated by profit, not health, you only have to look at the USA to see how badly that turns out, if you’re in any doubt check out the film Sicko it should dis-spell them.