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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Hewitt to Continue With Creeping Privatisation of the NHS

The new British Health Minister, Patricia Hewitt has made it absolutely clear that she intends to increase the role of the private sector in the NHS even further.

In this post, just before the election I warned that

The reality for the NHS (and other public services), is that whatever the result of the general election, there are dark days ahead: Privatisation via PFI and Foundation Hospitals, will be stepped up. Workers will face further casualisation and attacks on their conditions, such as retirement age and pensions.

The future of our public services depends not on which dishonest bunch of politicians comes to power, but on the determination of public service workers, and the British people to defend them from these politicians, and the big business interests they serve.

Looks like my words were only too accurate.

The message for people who wish to keep hold of the NHS, and to stop the government's ideologically driven privatisation drive, is "If you value it, fight for it"


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