NHS 73rd Birthday
NHS 73rd Birthday

The NHS was established by Labour. Under the cover of Covid, the Tories are putting more and more funding into private hands.

The NHS was established by a Labour Government on July 5th 1948. Labour’s proudest achievement.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve appreciated the NHS more than ever. From the dedicated efforts of all NHS staff in caring for Covid patients to the brilliance of the NHS-run vaccination programme.

NHS staff have worked tirelessly and selflessly for everyone’s good. Just as they always do.

South East Cambridgeshire Labour says: “Thank you to all in NHS for the great work you do everyday.”

The founding principles of the NHS that health care should be available to all on the basis of need, not the ability to pay is under greater threat than it has ever been in the past 73 years.

Since the passing of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 by the Tory-LibDem coalition Government, the NHS in England has been forced down a route of increased marketisation.

The Government has accelerated its aggressive outsourcing to private firms during the Covid pandemic. And we are talking about serious amounts of money.

£10 billion on block-booking private hospital beds instead of building NHS capacity

£37billion for a track and trace system that the Public Accounts Committee said had ‘no clear evidence’ of curbing transmission of the virus. That has given out 600 million tests they have no idea where they are. That pays an average of £1000 a day for ‘consultants’.

Vast amounts spent on useless PPE. Contracts let without proper procurement processes. Contracts kept secret. Contracts where the Health Minister was found to have acted unlawfully.

Gareth Wright, SE Cambs Labour’s Health Spokesperson says

“On the NHS’s 73rd birthday, it’s time to refocus back onto the reason that the NHS was founded. To have healthcare provided for all and in the public good. Not as a way of handing vast sums of taxpayers’ money to private companies to make a profit from.

“Investment should be directed back into the NHS so we can fill the vacancies, build new capacity and properly reward the staff who give their all.

“Locally Addenbrookes struggles to recruit because of the high cost of living here. We used to have a Cambridge weighting but it was scrapped by the Tory-LibDem Coalition. Restoring that would be a good start.

“Providing the investment that the NHS needs would be the best birthday present.”

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