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KONP Doctor Louse Irvine on Anti Cuts Cabaret Platform

posted 24 Nov 2011, 15:47 by Lewisham KONP   [ updated 24 Nov 2011, 15:51 ]
The multi union backed Anti Cuts Cabaret at the Rivoli Ballroom on Thursday 24th November saw Louise speak alongside a number of key local activists such as Martin Powell-Davis from the National Union of Teachers.
Louise left none of the audience in any doubt about the forthcoming effects of Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill if it were to be enacted into law. The very idea of a universal equitable and comprehensive health service from the cradle to the grave through the NHS is under attack from Lansley's bill.
It was made clear that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) would be a far cry from the cosy idea of GP led services. Companies like United Health America and Price Waterhouse Coopers would be involved in buying healthcare from 'Any Willing Provider' which would essentially be private health companies. Billions will be taken away from being spent on patients to  fund shareholders' profits while transaction costs (the costs of organising operations among other such services) could well rocket from 5% of NHS spending in 1990 to 20 or even 30% of the NHS budget in the future. Louise also mentioned the current market drives in the NHS have already increased transaction costs to 14% of the NHS budget since 2005.
The event was also supported by a Lewisham KONP stall which raised a lot of interest in terms of selling a lot of badges for fundraising & awareness but critically another 38 people signed up to the Lewisham Keep Our NHS Public supporters' database. This means another 38 people on top of our existing supporters' database who want to do something to defend the NHS from privatisation.