Privatisation is ‘Trojan horse’ threatening NHS

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: , |

Healthcare Republic | By Neil Durham | 15 September 2009

Government-supported privatisation initiatives are the ‘Trojan horse’ that could severely undermine the NHS, according to Unite/CPHVA.

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The union backed motions at yesterday’s Trade Unions Congress in Liverpool yesterday calling for an end to the privatisation of the NHS, urging services to remain within the NHS delivered by its staff.

Gail Cartmail, Unite’s assistant general secretary for the public sector, said: ‘It is clear that the not-so-subtle encouragement given by the government for the various privatisation initiatives, such as the private finance initiatives and the misguided experiment with social enterprises, are the Trojan horse that could lead to the fragmentation of the NHS.

‘To create these so-called market mechanisms – that the British people have repeatedly said in opinion polls they don’t want – will cost an estimated £20bn. This is money better spent on frontline services – more health visitors, more hip replacement operations and more day surgery.’

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