“Don’t believe the myth that the NHS is unaffordable”

“Don’t believe the myth that the NHS is unaffordable” says Neena Modi in the Guardian on 9 February.

In her article she makes the following points:

“The complexity of our part-privatised service wastes billions. Why are we copying a failed US-style model?”

“The balance of evidence is that for-profit healthcare is poorer quality at greater cost.”

“Universal healthcare, free at the point of need and funded through general taxation, is cost-effective, increasingly justified by evidence, and morally right.”

“Don’t let our NHS fall apart”

“Professor Ahmet Fuat has put his head above the parapet by writing passionately about the fragmentation and commercialisation of the NHS he has served for three decades.” “When fire ripped through his doctors’ surgery in Darlington, the experience left Professor Ahmet Fuat, a GP in the town for 30 years, feeling angry about the state of the NHS.”

Northen Echo article and editorial

Prof Fuat’s article “Don’t let our NHS fall apart”

Editorial “Wake-up call for the NHS”

NHS privatisation soars 500% in the last year

Study of recent figures on NHS contracts being awared to private companires. By Paul Evans, director of the NHS Support Federation, which campaigns to protect the NHS from being undermined by commercialisation.

“We are often told the NHS only spends 6% on the private sector. But this figure actually relates to 2013/4 – and so it tells us very little about the impact of the Health & Social Care Act. The Act only came into force in April 2013, and the process of making the first round of decisions under it, typically took another year or more. So today’s evidence from 2014/5 is the first to begin measure the true impact of the new competition regime. And it is shocking. Over the last year private firms have won £3.5bn worth of new clinical contracts – an increase of 500% on the previous year, our research shows.”


NHS struggles to manage private contracts

“NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers” Independent news story covering Report by CHPI. ‘The Contracting NHS: Can the NHS Handle the Outsourcing of Clinical Services’

Extract from report, p.7
“The contracting NHS: key facts

  • 53,000 – estimated number of contracts held between the NHS and the private sector for healthcare in England, including for primary care services.
  • £22.6bn – total value of NHS contracts with the private sector, including primary care services.
  • 24% – percentage of NHS England’s total budget of £95bn which is spent in the private sector, including for primary care services.
  • £9.3bn – amount spent by CCGs on contracts with the private sector for NHS services in 2013-4.
  • 16% – per centage of the total Clinical Commissioning Group budget of £65bn which is now spent on the private sector.
  • 15,000 – estimated number of contracts between CCGs and the private sector.
  • 90 – average number of contracts with the private sector held by each CCG.
  • 25,000 – number of staff employed in CCGs, CSUs, and NHS Local Area Teams to commission, administer and enforce NHS contracts.
  • £1.3bn – combined budget of CCGs and NHS England Local Area Teams for commissioning, administering and enforcing NHS contracts.
  • £700m – amount spent by CCGS on CSUs to administer, monitor and enforce their contracts with NHS and private sector providers.”

“The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) is a dynamic health and social care policy think-tank, which aims to promote evidence-based health policy in keeping with the founding principles of the NHS.” Website


Track the Parties views on health

For details of the health policies of the political parties check out the following links:

Labour Party 2015 Manifesto

Conservative Party 2015 Manifesto

Green Party 2015 Manifesto

Liberal Democrat Party 2015 Manifesto

UKIP 2015 Manifesto

National Health Action party 2015 Manifesto

“Analysis and commentary on the key issues in health and social care and coverage of what the parties are pledging in the run-up to the general election” by the Kings Fund

Kings Fund General election 2015

TTIP threat to public’s health

The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) are calling on the EU to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States … [because they] believe TTIP is a threat to the public’s health.” News story Report: ‘Trading Health? BMJ story: BMJ 2015;350:h1438