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…..
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