Labour will put patients before profits
You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS. Under David Cameron, more and more services are being handed over to the private sector, and hospitals are increasing their private patient income – while NHS patients face longer waits.
David Cameron’s disastrous NHS reorganisation put profits before patient care. His Health and Social Care Act put market values at the heart of the NHS, effectively forcing commissioners to put all contracts out to tender. It also abolished the Private Patient Income cap, allowing hospitals to raise up to half of their income from private patients.
Today, Labour is publishing evidence that these changes are putting NHS founding principles at risk. New evidence of a growing NHS sell off: since 2010, 40 per cent of all contracts have gone to private providers – the same as the proportion going to the NHS. Meanwhile more and more patients are facing long waits to be seen.
The NHS as we know it cannot survive another five years of the Tories. A Tory second term means the stealth privatisation of the NHS.
Labour will legislate to put NHS patients first. We will repeal the Tories’ market framework for the NHS to halt the drive towards privatisation, and we will bring in tough controls on private patient income to make sure NHS patients aren’t pushed to the back of the queue.