This Will Make You Ill

Observatory

The NHS is an astonishing organisation that, by and large, works well. But if you want to see what is very likely to happen to it shortly, I urge you to watch this. The manifesto for change that is being pushed through at the moment will open it to billion-dollar insurance companies and lobbyists who pay their own directors staggering salaries. Simply put, it’s the most corrupt kind of privatisation under another name.

There’s to be a protest on the 26th – you can put forward your viewpoint here.

The Health Industry Lobbying Tour from Mancha Productions on Vimeo.

6 comments on “This Will Make You Ill”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Very informative, but remember that there is another viewpoint, that people are more responsible when using a health service for which they pay. Personally, I’m for a national health service with private clinics for people who want what they want NOW. Sometimes the health service gets backed up and then people have to take out loans which they can’t really afford in order to get treatment in a timely fashion. We have empty hospital rooms because there isn’t the money for staff. We have long wait lists for certain operations for the same reason and we have doctors in small towns leaving because there is no funding for any backup. If you fund a system badly or carelessly enough the people will give up on the system rather than on the funders and then the large insurance companies can come in and run things their way.

  2. If it’s any comfort, they are hard at work on the French health system as well, and a few recent medical scandals over here originated in all their wheeling and dealing off stage with, at best, over-indulgent state ministers…

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Have been told that the care facility where I am on the board is preparing to get quite firm with the health authority over funding. We are a highly desired facility because we offer such good programs as well as basic care and we don’t see that we should have to provide less than good when we’ve cut our budget back as far as we feel is safe. Hang in there and go to that rally. Be loud.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    Don’t know how our situation will go but what about yours, British readers? Did you go to the rally? Were you loud? Reports here say that it was a magnificent affair and “completely tied up central London”. Imagine sitting here and knowing about the demonstration before I even heard the news! Ain’t technology great?

  5. I.A.M. says:

    For a report on what happened in Central London on the 26th, complete with F&M occupation and Police initiating violence, head here: http://is.gd/tdjlZb

  6. Helen Martin says:

    I just read it, IAM, and some of the letters in response. The first reports I heard sounded as if it had all gone according to plan, which was when I wrote the above. I have no sympathy for people with faces covered, because they are just asking for police attention and likewise I don’t see much point in damaging private – or public – property. The police, on the other hand, don’t seem to get it where protests are concerned. They never have. People go into the police because they like order and protests are not order. It must have been scary on the streets of Mayfair and that might be good for the people of Mayfair like that poor man who wasn’t able to buy his fresh marshmallows! I loved the thought of all those people eating packaged stuff and drinking pop in Harrods.
    I’ve been part of a few rallies and marches, all of which were orderly, and you know what? They didn’t change anything. The older I get, the more I think that dealing with government and bureaucracy is like the man hitting his donkey with a 2X4. “First you have to get their attention.” I am not advising violence at all. I wouldn’t do it myself so I certainly won’t advise others so to do, but there’s going to have to be another way. Labour tried to be the answer at the turn of the 20th century, but they were co opted by the system. Does there have to be another creation, outside of formal politics this time?
    Oops – I’ve gone on too long for this place.

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