In 2010 David Cameron was elected into power. In his election manifesto he promised the NHS would be safe in his hands. But after the election it quickly became apparent that he had lied to the electorate. What has followed has been a brutal assault on people’s rights, and people are going to suffer as a result. The NHS, for years an international ‘model maker’ is piece by piece being sold off to the highest bidder, with each step taking us closer to the governments end goal – an American style health market, and a return to fear.
But few people know what this really means.
A twenty five year plan to privatise the NHS has, with each step hobbled the services ability to function, with consequent system failure being used to justify an ever decreasing circle of damaging ‘reforms’. But the media is failing to tell people. Instead; the NHS is presented as being in perennial crisis, and newspapers seize on examples of system failure. But they rarely ask why. However, more people are starting to see the disconnection between the government’s rhetoric and the reality of its actions. Demonstrations are springing up across the country to protect vital services as, very slowly, people wake up to the reality of what is really happening.
‘NHS SOS’ gives a voice to people on the inside: doctors like Clive Peedell, nurses, academics and the few members of the public who have taken on the responsibility to defend the NHS. Some, such as Professor Allyson Pollock, have long known the true intent of successive government’s plans and understand exactly what is at stake. This is a story of a peoples fight for democracy against the forces of what is increasingly becoming a corporate state. But all is not lost. The movement is growing, and a bill is in place which can re-establish the secretary of States legal duty and stop this privatisation in its tracks. The only question is this; how long will it be before the public decide to act?