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:-

  1. IVF treatment rationed
  2. 17 surgical procedures removed from the NHS
  3. some CCGs stopping drugs on prescription, that  could be bought over the counter. These are very necessary for the poorest in our community.
  4. services removed from the Dpow hospital to Scunthorpe and Hull.
  5. More centralisation of hospital services in the STP which includes York and North Yorkshire
  6. some communities losing their A&E depts
  7. waiting lists topping over 4 million
  8. Podiatry services cut, meaning more diabetic patients having leg amputations
  9. Bed Blocking at an all time high , due to a blackhole in funding adult social care
  10. 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!

ps Happy 70th birthday!

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