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Cruel NHS rationing

04 May, 2018

• WE all know the NHS and social care are in crisis due to Tory underfunding and privatisation. Without democratic consultation, Islington, Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield have been classified as a Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) pilot scheme.

The STP means longer waiting times – six months or more for vital operations like hip/knee replacements or varicose veins. Patients with any money, government assumes, will resort to private health firms rather than bear increasing pain.

NHS England wants to save £900m on NHS treatment and almost £250m on social care. There is also rationing of access to hospital beds for the “frail and elderly”, disabled people and pensioners, as George Durack’s case recently high­lighted.

So a “trusted assessor”, who need not have medical qualifications, can decide when one of these “second-class citizens” is to be discharged from hospital. GPs have been told to limit their hospital referrals, and only one third of children who need mental health support will get it by next year.

Accountable care organisations are being established – on the American privatised model of care. Parliament has had no say on these new developments and a judicial review has been lodged against this.

We’ll know its result by the end of May (www.crowdjustice.com/case/jr4nhs).

In its 70th year the NHS (and social care) are under renewed attack. All local patients should consider joining a local defend NHS campaign group, like Islington Keep Our NHS Public, against this cruel Tory rationing.

JAN POLLOCK
Hornsey Lane, N6

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