Yet Labour used a Tory scheme to privatise new hospitals – and landed us with massive costs and debts for the next 30 years.
|PFI: the ‘Private Finance Initiative’. A scheme invented by the Conservatives to get private companies to build and run hospitals and other ‘public’ assets – at a huge profit.
Between 1997 and 2010, the Labour government signed more than 100 PFI contracts in the Health Service, worth more than £79 billion – contracts that make private companies very rich indeed.
As well as paying back seven or eight times what the hospitals actually cost over the next 20-30 years, the government pays the private firms HUGE sums to run them.
Like the plug socket that cost £320, or changing a light-bulb for £333*.
|Or the company that charged £52,000 for a job that cost £750*. And the hospital in Bromley which cost £1.2 billion – 10 times what it is worth*.And it’s Labour’s health spokesmen that want to charge people to see their GP – not UKIP’s.
In March 2014, Lord Warner, LABOUR’S former Minister of State at the Department of Health, said that NHS users should pay £10 a month and £20 for every night in hospital.
In August 2014, the LABOUR peer Lord Winston said that patients should be charged £200 to see their GP so that they would ‘learn to appreciate the NHS’.
In 1999 ‘New Labour’ marked the start of a transition of the NHS from a public sector provider to include the private sector under the disguise of choice and competition.
Health campaigner Kailash Chand OBE
UKIP – STANDING UP FOR THE NHS
UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.
We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early.
We will ensure that visitors and migrants have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn a year.
We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.
We will ensure foreign health professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English.
There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.
We will re-introduce the State Enrolled Nurse.
We will introduce the ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being conveniently moved sideways.
That’s the embarrassment in the chamber: because they shout back, ‘You started it’. Former Labour Health Secretary Frank Dobson
We will fight to ensure the NHS is always there for the benefit of the people of this country. It was conceived in order to protect and help those in need – we should not forget it is the British taxpayer that enables this to happen. The NHS works in spite of Labour, not because of it. We should not allow a political party to claim ownership over something which every one of you pays for every week, through your taxes. Through our initiatives to license NHS managers, reinstate the State Enrolled Nurse, curb benefit tourism and fight to keep the NHS out of the EU’s TTIP agreement, we will protect the NHS so it is always there, free at the point of delivery and of need. Remember – your taxes, your country, your NHS.
*REFERENCES http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8779598/Private-Finance-Initiative-where-did-all-go-wrong.html. http://www.if.org.uk/archives/3453/new-figures-reveal-weight-of-pfi-burden-on-nhs-trusts. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jul/05/pfi-cost-300bn. http://www.theguardian.com/ commentisfree/2012/jun/29/pfi-crippling-nhs. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/05/pfi-contracts-list. http://www.channel4.com/news/counting-the-cost-of-pfi-in-the-nhs. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2014/jul/30/frank-dobson-interview-labour-needs-knocking-lumps-off-this-government