Chronic underfunding of the NHS since 2010, coupled with an aging population, has resulted in unprecedented levels of pressure at Cambridgeshire’s Addenbrookes Hospital, which has recently been branded ‘inadequate’ by the the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
David Cameron promised no top-down restructuring of the NHS. Addenbrookes was running at a surplus before the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and is now losing £1.5m a week as a direct result of this Government’s disastrous restructuring agenda.
The Government’s policy is clear: defund, demoralise, demonise.
Meanwhile, in Ely, outpatient services at Princess of Wales Hospital will be closed in 2016, leaving people in the north of the constituency with long journeys to access care, putting already stretched services at Addenbrookes under increased pressure.
The Princess of Wales hospital is currently under-utilised even though the population locally continues to grow. The cuts reveal the lunacy of the internal market.
If you think the NHS isn’t being privatised, think again. Last year alone £3.54bn of NHS money was awarded to private-sector contractors.