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-> Greens Press -> Latest health policy 'inconsistent...
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Green Party in England & Wales

Hewitt announces increased contradiction of policy and further
privatization of the NHS.

The Green Party have slammed the latest incoherent policy from
Patricia Hewitt as inconsistent and damaging to the equity and
effectiveness of patient care. The Health reform in England: update
and commissioning framework [1] spells out the next steps in the
privatization of the NHS, and increases the contradictions in the
policies already in force.

Stuart Jeffery, Health Spokesperson for the Green Party comments:
The last 9 years have seen the selling of hospitals, support
services, clinical services and GPs to the corporate sector, and now
with this latest announcement from Hewitt, we have the sale of the
commissioning arm of the NHS. The private sector will now be able to
have 64 billion of taxpayers money with virtually no acknowledgement
of accountability.

Hewitt talks about safeguarding the core values of the NHS. One of
those core values was set out by the Labour government in 2000 as
Public funds for healthcare will be devoted solely to NHS
patients [2]. This is clearly breached by the rampant privatization
and profiteering that Labour have introduced these companies exist
to make a profit for their shareholders from public funds, this is
not patient care.

Hewitt talks about overriding need for choice and then states that
PCTs can block choice through Referral Management Centres. Perhaps if
people were asked to choose between their local hospital closing or
not, the response would be different this is what her version of
choice means. She also talks of choice being extended beyond planned
care will the ambulance ask us which hospital we would like to be
taken to as we bleed to death?

She also pays lip service to the needs of patients. Although she
states that clinical need is paramount, she suggests that it should
be based in a market system. It is widely acknowledged that markets
do not meet health care needs. Basing health care around the
vociferous few that can make waves and have the resources to travel
will increasingly exclude those who cant.






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