The Tory effect on the NHS
Now we are six years after Andrew Lansley’s 2012 Health and Social Care Act, a deliberate fragmentation of the NHS, by tendering and intense competition, encouraging private providers and devolving health priorities to the whim of local commissioners (CCG). What do we now see:-
- IVF treatment rationed
- 17 surgical procedures removed from the NHS
- some CCGs stopping drugs on prescription, that could be bought over the counter. These are very necessary for the poorest in our community.
- services removed from the Dpow hospital to Scunthorpe and Hull.
- More centralisation of hospital services in the STP which includes York and North Yorkshire
- some communities losing their A&E depts
- waiting lists topping over 4 million
- Podiatry services cut, meaning more diabetic patients having leg amputations
- Bed Blocking at an all time high , due to a blackhole in funding adult social care
- Ambulance service in chaos, with elderly patients waiting up to 5 hours after a fall, in agony with broken hips.
These are just ten services that have been cut or are just a poor service, the question I ask myself is:-
Can Labour save the NHS again? who knows, but I know at least we will try!