The abolition of the NHS. That’s what is happening. | openDemocracy

For the last two decades government policy has been to divert billions of pounds of NHS spending to for-profit corporations, including the multi billion pound PFI debt programme. Inflation-proofed PFI payments absorb around 15 per cent of hospitals’ budgets and the figure is rising. No wonder facilities must close, staff are being sacked and patients turned away.

These sources of profit have not always existed. Viewing the English NHS and other European health systems as unopened oysters of profitable opportunity, corporations in the USA and Europe have worked long and lobbied hard to open public health care systems to the market. Read more…

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