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according to this
Is this accurate?
I asked him 'are you sure' and he said yes.
But pissing myself laughing now
The HSC Act was passed 27 March 2012
Crucially and most seriously, it removes the UK government’s obligation to provide universal healthcare in England, something so fundamental it amounts to the abolition of the NHS http://tinyurl.com/4xdnobo
You must have been smirking as you typed that. Surely...
and there is noone around to hear it fall, does it make a sound?
and no one in the media gives it the coverage it deserves, does the public find out?
staying the same quality or better, does the public care?
dental charges etc and taxation, when providers are making profits out of it, then yeah, probably, and if not, they should.
Punchline: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (which have health services that aren't run by Tories) don't have prescription charges at all.
That list of advocates is quite the who's who of recent political failure.
but he's hardly a political failure?!
But I suspect we're basing that on wildly differing definitions of success.
(I like the implied agreement re: t'others.)
they're increasing spending on the NHS. And at the same time waiting lists are going up, front line and support staff are being made redundant and people like Serco are making profits.
It's already happening.
death by a thousand cuts
this is just a particularly large one
i think that its always been clear that many(not all) in the conservative party want to run the NHS down, that surely is beyond dispute
Staff working there are generally alright, but it's an absolutely unwieldy behemoth of a system.
Clinical results compared with most European countries and even the US are pretty poor (5 year cancer survival rates and the like). Ideally we'd move towards a decentralised European system of health insurance like the type they have somewhere like Germany. Sadly the NHS is one of those sacred cows which you can't attack.
The NHS has just about the lowest administration/admin cost of any healthcare system in the world, and is rated as the most efficient and equitable service too. And if you look at the areas in which we lag behind other European nations, the trends (until 2010, at least) were of the UK improving, whilst other countries were flatlining. A lot of the measures are ones with long lead in times. On just about all of them, it was anticipated that the UK would surpass the likes of France and Germany within five to ten years.
I don't think people realise just how much the NHS improved between 1997 and 2010, in terms of facilities, treatments, quality of care and all with the UK still spending less, as a percentage of GDP, than just about every other country in western europe and the US.