Could this be the end our NHS??
know that 90% of our NHS care takes place outside
also know that the Government plans to privatise these
vital local services?
companies and voluntary organisations may very soon be
invited by the Government to provide home nurses, health
visitors, family planning, counselling, even GP
surgeries. Private companies will take over these
services, NOT for the good of our health, but to make a
profit out of them. That means there is the very real
danger that keeping down costs may become more important
than quality of care.
good will these essential services be under
As our local
health authorities will no longer provide all the
services directly through their own staff, it will be
much harder for them to ensure that we get the high
quality of care we need, and also hard to make sure that
the different parts of our services work well together
is the state of things to come?
It is not yet
clear how far, in the face of opposition, the Government
will force our health authorities to put their services
out to tender. But, in a few areas, it is already
happening. In two areas of Derbyshire ‑ Cresswell and
inner city Derby, the huge American private health
company United Health has taken over all health care
outside hospitals, including GP surgeries. Goodbye NHS
GP! Could this happen in Leeds?
can we do? [Top]
It's time to
stop the rot' Patients and NHS staff determined to
ensure that our NHS remains a public service, with
public service values, are already working together in a
fast growing campaign all over the country called "KEEP
OUR NHS PUBLIC". If you share their concern, please join
in the action. You can find out more by "Googling" the
words "Keep our NHS public‑ on the internet, and you can
join us in Leeds Hospital Alert. We are group members of
Please write to
your MP at the House of Commons to express your
opposition to any plan to break up our local services
and hand parts of them over to private health companies.
Letters to MPs do work. Remember they need our votes at
the next election. See contact page for details of your
local MP. [Top]