David Cameron faces ‘day of reckoning for trashing NHS’, says Labour

Rowena Mason in The Guardian 24th September reports: David Cameron faces ‘day of reckoning for trashing NHS’, says Labour

NHSreality feels that the start of the trashing began when Mr Blair broke up the largest and most effective health mutual in the world – with devolution.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham reminds party of PM’s ‘barefaced lie’ over health service shakeup and privatisation

David Cameron will face a day of reckoning with the electorate for “trashing” the NHS without the public’s permission, Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has said.

Burnham, a former health secretary under Gordon Brown, got several standing ovations at the Labour conference on Wednesday as he promised that the party would give people the right to be treated in their own home and make the NHS responsible for social care as well as medical problems.

Invoking the spirit of Nye Bevan, the architect of the NHS, Burnham said he would write to everyone in the country explaining what they could expect to get from the health service under Labour.

He was able to promise more cash for vital services after the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, said he would raise money from mansion owners, tobacco companies and tax avoiders to protect NHS funding.

Burnham also followed an emotionally charged address from 91-year-old activist Harry Leslie Smith, who spoke of growing up in a “barbarous, bleak and uncivilised” time before public healthcare. His sister was tortured by tuberculosis while his parents could not afford the doctor’s bill and she had to be buried in a pauper’s grave, he said…..

Roy Lilley on the same day says: Ed Miliband’s NHS pledge may force the Tories’ hand on its funding

The Labour leader’s £2.5bn for the NHS will not be enough to save it. But it shows how Tory neglect has brought the system to its knees


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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