"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"
Aneurin Bevan

Friday, 15 July 2011

What do you really mean, Mr Clegg?

After all the hoo-ha over the Health and Social Care Bill and Lib Dems finally realising that it is just a plan to privatise the NHS we had a series of speeches from the Deputy Prime Minister where he told his supporters that he would protect the NHS.

For example (26 May):
"That’s why I have been absolutely clear: there will be no privatisation of the NHS."

And (14 June):
"You told us you were worried about privatisation through the back door. So we have made that impossible."

Yet in the Open Public Services white paper, it says
"In the services amenable to commissioning, the principles of open public services will switch the default from one where the state provides the service itself to one where the state commissions the service from a range of diverse providers." (5.2)
It is very clear here. There will be no state provision in the NHS. How can Clegg say that this is not privatisation? Who is he trying to fool?

1 comment:

  1. Methinks he means "well the pause took the heat off, let's now distract them with some smoke and mirrors and carry on as you wish, Mr Cameron, please. Is that OK sir?"

    The sound of silence from the libertariate crashes against the cliffs of indifference and vacillates into simple harmonic motion until a hoped-for calm.

    Let's hope the 'other place' performs it's function