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What Do They Expect?

Figures just out report unemployment has risen to the end of November by 49,000 to 2.5million. The number of 16-24 year olds out of work is at the highest level since records began. These figures are just the beginning with the effects of the VAT rise and public sector redundancies yet to come to fruition along with reductions in benefits and pensions.

The current bunch of boys playing at government with their half baked, half thought out ideas appear at first glance to just be idiots but I’m beginning to wonder. The Torys have always liked to have high unemployment as it tends to keep wages at low levels thus creating more wealth for their business compatriots. Changes planned for the Health Service will eventually cost far more than the suggested £3bn but will virtually privatise the NHS with vast profits going to you know who. Education will be similar.

Of course, paying off the necessary debt that the country has, at such a reckless rate will undoubtedly mean that come the next election, in about four years time, there will be quite a bit of cash sloshing around in the nation’s coffers so that ‘the boys’ will feel happy to bribe the electorate with gifts from on high. The expectation being that voters will reward them with re-election. As the public so quickly forgot the eleven out of thirteen years under Labour, of vast improvement in public services and exceptional improvement in living standards it wouldn’t surprise me if the ruse worked.

 

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More of the Family Silver Being Flogged

Remember Thatcher flogging the family silver? Water, electricity, gas, British Rail and more? Now Cameron and his renegade side kick Clegg have wasted no time in picking up the handbag and are now about to sell off our Postal service.

Using the same con trick of Thatcher the employees will be offered the carrot of getting some of the shares but inevitably they will be forced by the hardships about to descend on us to sell them off. The shares of course ending up with the rich and multi national corporations. What will be next on their agenda of party political theft? I suggest keeping a close eye on our National Health Service, not in one go of course but little by little by stealth.

Our only hope is the collapse of this disastrous coalition and another election to correct our mistake of last May.

A Nation of Sheep

The energy Regulator Ofgem has called on the suppliers to reduce their charges to customers following recent lower costs. Unsurprisingly they have refused. All of them are using similar arguments about uncertainty and ‘other costs’ in an attempt to justify making an average extra profit this year from each customer of £60 per year, compared with the last three years. It sounds very much to me like an energy cartel.

This is what happens when government privatises what is a natural public resource. The companies obviously work together (if proven it would be illegal) to keep profits for shareholders up and customers become a poor second and with competition a myth. The old Water Boards were also sold off, water for Christ’s sake, the essential for life, sold off for profit. British Rail which wasn’t a bad service at all, sold off for profit. If BR had the same public funds put into it as the private companies receive now from the State, it would be better and more importantly perhaps, cheaper to use.

The gullible people just sat back and let it all happen, some tempted by the carrot of cheap share offers that soon ended up in the hands of the big investors. Still they sit on their hands while chunks of our health and education are handed over for profit.

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Our NHS Under Attack

I have spoken of this before but now there is confirmation that the attack by the private health companies is intensifying. At worst we will have no National Health Service left or at best a two tier service with those who can afford it having private treatment with the latest technologies and drugs and for the rest of our citizens only basic health care in a deteriorating service.

Not only will this division in health be immoral and a negation of the principles laid down when the NHS was founded but will inevitably lead to social unrest on an unprecedented scale. This in turn leading to even more central control, surveillance and repression. The systems are in place already and they just need implementing in full and then it will be too late to save our society from total disintegration.

It may not be too late if we act now and act together. We can protest to our Members of Parliament, we can write blogs and write to the papers, we can demand to know who benefits from any treatment that we may need and above all we can refuse to have any treatment carried out by these private companies. We insist on only full NHS care. It can be done as I pointed out a while back. Please don’t shrug your shoulders at yet another blog, this is the biggest threat facing us, do something, anything.

NHS Privatisation

freethinkeruk recently made a hospital booking for a minor medical procedure at my local community hospital. I used the new on-line book it yourself system which seemed OK until I received the inevitable paper confirmation in the post subject to me returning a paper form and the hospital’s receipt of my GP’s written confirmation. What on Earth is the point of a computerised system that requires paper confirmation every step of the way? What a waste of money! By the way GPs do have a choice whether to use the new system or not but they do get an inducement of around 70p per booking if they do. What!

Anyway, to my main point. When I got the paperwork I discovered not just the NHS logo on the header but also one of ‘Ramsey Health Care’ which on investigation turns out to be an Australian Private hospital group that has been given a contract with the NHS to carry out 95,000 procedures. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to realise that ‘Private + Contract = Profit = money lost from the NHS’. Obviously this loss makes it all the harder for NHS hospitals to improve their service and hence the easier it for politicians to say we need more private involvement. Over time this in turn will lead to the demise of our beloved NHS, the service that came in after the war despite fierce opposition and has been improving our lives ever since. We can shrug our shoulders saying ‘what can we do?’ or stand up and fight every inch of the way to keep, maintain and improve this precious resource that still, just, belongs to each and every one of us.

By the way, in case you wonder what freethinkeruk did, he cancelled the appointment and is demanding treatment in a genuine NHS hospital rather than letting the cost associated with his treatment fall into private hands. A small protest yes, but if we all did it?…………….

NHS Privatisation

Here we go again treating a symptom with the same old generic medicine.

The Government is proposing franchising i.e. privatising the management of some NHS Trusts for ‘under performing’ which basically means not achieving ‘targets’. It is by now I think generally accepted that in putting effort into reaching the set targets has led to neglect in other areas which should have been obvious from the start. This Government has rightly provided the massive increase in funding needed but has not been able to stand back and let the professionals get on with it.

The primary function of any company is make a profit and return a dividend to it’s investors. It follows therefore, that privatising any part of the NHS means that some of the government investment must end up in the hands of shareholders or private individuals and deprives the NHS of this resource. In a speech today Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA’s consultants committee demands that the Government stops meddling and hands back the NHS to patients and those who work in it and rightly so.

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