Indipendent - The latest strategy for Britain’s National Health Service has made some bold projections and headline-grabbing commitments. The endgame though is a corporate NHS. The 1990s internal market introduced competition into the NHS. The NHS Plan 2000 ramped up outsourcing and public-private partnerships, and gave us the disastrous legacy of private finance initiatives, or PFI. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 doubled private sector outsourcing to 8 per cent of the budget. It also enabled foundation trust hospitals to make up to half their income from private patients. There is a thread running through: a narrative of marketisation and privatisation. To read this week’s pre-launch coverage of the NHS Long Term Plan, one would be forgiven for thinking it had laudable intentions – until the politically expedient rhetoric is peeled away and the narrative revealed anew.
In the press release, the phrase “out of hospital” care was mentioned only in passing. However, the actual document devotes its entire first chapter to the 21st century transformation of the NHS...>>>