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All GPs are already being forced into large groups called ‘consortiums’. They will be handed most of the NHS budget (£80 billion) to ‘buy’ health care for their patients, but have no public accountability. All hospitals must become independent businesses (called ‘Foundation Trusts’) competing to sell their services to the consortiums. Private health companies will be encouraged to bid against hospitals for consortium contracts. A massive £20 billion is being cut from the NHS at the same time.The GP's leaflet says:
This legislation will create a two tier American-type health system where those who can afford it top-up with private health care whilst the poor and sick receive second rate treatment in a fragmented and shrunken public system.
I often get sick and angry at those TV documentaries about great architecture when presenters like Dan Cruickshank and others stare breathlessly up at vaulted ceilings and tell us something on the lines of 'In 1217, Henry (fill in the King of your choice) built this magnificent monuments to man's abiding faith in God..." Well, sorry, Dan, but he didn't. Kings and politicians might come up with ideas, and raise the capital, but they make bugger all. Our millionaire cabinet, for example, probably wouldn't know what a pointing trowel or a chisel looked like, yet everything around them power, water, transport, the very stuff which keeps life ticking over, is made by and supplied by millions of people who work with their hands and brains for an annual salary which is a tiny fraction of what these self-satisfied plutocrats bank in a month. It drives me to verse.