Thinktank proposing monthly fee for NHS is funded by private healthcare companies

This story was on the front page of the Express today. It is absolutely disgraceful that a Labour peer, Lord Warner, should put his name to a document that effectively privatises the NHS. It certainly runs against the principles of the founders, Clem Attlee and Nye Bevan, that it should be free and available to all. And from what I gather, there is absolutely no economic reason for the imposition of such charges. The NHS can continue to be funded through taxation and National Insurance. One of the reasons for the campaign against it, apart from the greed and cupidity of the companies seeking to profit from its privatisation, and their stooges like Warner, is that the City does not want higher NI or tax rates. Yes, the Right wants to deny us free health care, simply so elite bankers can make even more money.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the corrupt UK today!)

Labour peer Lord Warner – who has written a report released today proposing monthly charges for using the NHS – is personally funded by private companies which will directly benefit from this kind of privatisation of healthcare:

Why Lord Warner really supports NHS reform: he’ll make loads of money from it

Warner wrote the report on behalf of a thinktank called REFORM which claims to be non-party – but which was founded by Tory MP Nick Herbert and former Head of the Political Section of the Conservative Party Research Department Andrew Haldenby.

REFORM itself is funded by many companies which will directly benefit from further privatisation of the NHS:

Corporate_Partners_Reform1

A full list of REFORM’S corporate sponsors can be found here – again many of which would directly benefit from these reforms.

COINCIDENCE?

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4 Responses to “Thinktank proposing monthly fee for NHS is funded by private healthcare companies”

  1. Joanna Says:

    I know this is off topic but I have just found this on the void blog, if it is an april fools joke it is in really bad taste!!! Do you think so?
    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/trade-unions-unite-for-militant-and-sustained-general-strike-len-mcclusky-announces/#comment-91785

    • beastrabban Says:

      It is in poor taste, but I think he’s trying to make an important point about union inaction while services are privatised and the government pushes through ever greater cuts to the benefits system.

      I’m not actually sure how fair this is on the unions, however. Maggie broke their power when she broke the miners’ strike, and successive governments, including Blair’s, have put in place ever stricter union legislation. I think the Coalition would love a general strike so that they could get a popular mandate for enacting even more punitive legislation against the unions. They could then present themselves as representing order and good government, trying to keep essential services going against the destructive power of the unions.

      The experience of the use of general strikes by the Anarcho-Syndicalist movement shows that long-running strikes can be counterproductive, as the public gets tired of them and the workers gradually lose their support. Much as I’d like the unions to engage in widespread strike action against the Coalition, I think they have very good reasons for not doing so.

  2. Joanna Says:

    The thing is, whenever you do an article which a bit tongue in cheek, you label it as “satire”, which then gives the reader a choice whether or not to read! What you and Mike do is important and that one little word “satire” is vitally important because this austerity is ruining lives!

  3. Thinktank proposing monthly fee for NHS is fund... Says:

    […] beastrabban:This story was on the front page of the Express today. It is absolutely disgraceful that a Labour peer, Lord Warner, should put his name to a document that effectively privatises the NHS.  […]

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