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Selling off our NHS
9:33am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Letters
I FOUND the remarks made by Louise Silverton, director for midwifery (Globe Mailbox, March 6, 2013), disingenuous to say the least.
In fact, to suggest awarding a midwife working for a private company will somehow ‘ring fence’ government’s funding for midwife services per sea, is frankly risible!
As we all know, Jeremy Hunt, minister for health, is attempting to give the final death blow to the NHS.
He is hellbent, at the behest of the coalition government, to dismember and sell off the most profitable aspects of the NHS to private enterprise, including midwifery services, leaving the carcass to be salvaged by the general public - the very people who have paid for the upkeep of our hospitals and health care service over the decades.
At the annual conference in Brighton on December 13, 2012, Francise O’Grady, the TUC secretary, said she was worried about private companies who were circling the NHS - companies who will ‘prioritise births not likely to be problematic or complicated.’ In other words, private companies such as ‘One to One’ who will cream off profits for private gain leading to a two-tier system of maternity services.
Primary health care organisations, PFI, Trust Status hospitals, all government initiatives, have done nothing to enhance the health of our nation.
Empire building, self aggrandizement and self promotion are the order of the day!
We are reminded daily of their often tragic incompetence. Do we want to subject our mothers and their unborn babies to the same system?
I sincerely hope not.
Shame on those who would do so without a pang of conscience.
The NHS is not the brightest jewel in our, it is the only remaining jewel in our crown.
Mrs Stephanie Miller, Upton.