Lib Dems: break up the NHS and charge people for GP visits

Another excellent piece by Tom Pride pointing out just how much the Lib Dems are in favour of the Tories’ privatisation of the NHS, complete with quotes from leading party members and a list of those with links to private healthcare companies.

There’s an entire chapter advocating the privatisation of the NHS in the Lib Dem’s wretched Orange Book, so it’s practically party policy and established ideology. There is thus absolutely no reason why anyone poor, disabled or sick should vote for them.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)

I’m not sure why so many people are surprised that the Lib Dems so readily agreed to the Tory’s plans to break up and privatise the NHS.

Because their leaders have been talking about it for years.

Here are three historic quotes from senior Liberal Democrat figures on the ‘need’ to break up and privatise the NHS:

Lib Dem government minister David Laws said the NHS should be broken up because it would mean:

“Greater choice and competition for patients, better funding and health outcomes.

Lib Dem peer Dame Shirley Williams said people should pay to visit their GPs because:

“the French I think charge something equivalent to £5 per appointment. It might get people to value the service.”

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also said the NHS should be broken up because:

I think breaking up the NHS is exactly what you do…

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