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The Daily Shame | October 9, 2015

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NHS disbanded and sold off, your MPs profit financially

NHS disbanded and sold off, your MPs profit financially

The NHS has been disbanded and sold off, with the government no longer obliged to provide universal health care from April 2013. This week, Jeremy Hunt authorised the sale of specialist ‘chunks’ of the NHS, and has forced the NHS to sell 912 services this year alone.

In fact, the Conservative Party ‘Health Bill’ that was approved last year, forces commissioning groups to put 1 in 3 parts of their health services up for sale, with 456 ‘chunks’ being put up for sale in two weeks’ time, with Virgin (Richard Branson), and other private healthcare providers ready to put in bids. These commissioning groups are obliged to put these services up for sale, even if they or patients don’t want to.

By next year, the wholesale privatisation of the NHS will be complete, and you will be forced to take out private health insurance if you want to be treated at all. If you don’t have a job, then you don’t get healthcare. A bit like in Americaland where people don’t get healthcare because they’re not rich enough. It’ll be like that.

So. You should have known all of that. It’s been news for a while, here for example – and on many of the other pages researching the sell-off of the NHS. What you might not have known is exactly WHO stands to profit from this. Yes, it’s your MPs! Let’s have a look at the list, shall we?

The following MPs will ALL benefit financially from the privatisation of the NHS:

  • David Cameron
  • Andrew Lansley
  • Harriet Baldwin
  • Gregory Barker
  • Jake Berry
  • Simon Burns
  • Nick de Bois
  • Andrew Bridgen
  • Aidan Burley
  • David Davies
  • Jonathan Djanogly
  • Iain Duncan Smith (yes, that wanker)
  • Philip Dunne
  • Michael Fallon
  • Mark Field
  • Liam Fox
  • George Freeman
  • Mike Freer
  • Richard Fuller
  • Dominic Grieve
  • William Hague
  • Philip Hammond
  • Margot James
  • Mark Lancaster
  • Oliver Letwin
  • Peter Lilley
  • Tim Loughton
  • Mary MacLeod
  • Francis Maude
  • Patrick Mercer
  • Maria Miller
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Penny Morduant
  • Brooks Newmark
  • Jesse Norman
  • Stephen O’Brien
  • George Osborne
  • Richard Ottaway
  • Priti Patel
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • John Redwood
  • Malcolm Rifkind
  • David Ruffley
  • Mark Simmonds
  • Chris Skidmore
  • Nicholas Soames
  • Andrew Tyrie
  • David Willets
  • Rob Wilson
  • Nadim Zahawi
  • Menzies Campbell
  • Chris Huhne
  • Robert Smith
  • Rosie Cooper
  • Alistair Darling
  • Frank Dobson
  • David Lammy
  • David Miliband
  • Owen Smith
  • Gisela Suart
  • Shaun Woodward
  • Dr Alasdair McDonnell

Well, Social Investigations can give you more background on each and every one of these thieves, sorry MPs, but let’s just focus on one or two so that you can get a flavour of what they’re getting out of the privatisation of the NHS:

Nadhim Zahawi, for example, is MP for Stratford-on-Avon, and is also non-executive director of SThree, who specialise in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector. They’ll make more money by supplying staff to private healthcare companies. Hoorah for Nadhim! Moneys coming your way soon!

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, took money for speaking at an event hosted by Quiller, who lobby for Capita – they’re hoping to run NHS Direct, by the way.

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. He is non-executive Director of Idox PLC who provide software & managed services to the NHS Health Libraries Group. Oh, and lots of private healthcare companies.

Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield, has shares in Reckitt Benckhiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca and Standard Chartered Health Insurance. Let’s hope those shares go up soon, eh? Oh, they will? How nice is that!

I can’t even be arsed to talk about the Lords and how much they’re making (billions in some cases).

That’s what your politicians are doing. They are paid by private healthcare companies and companies who provide them – or they have shares in them, or they speak for them, and they coincidentally sell off the NHS to the private healthcare companies. There must be a link somewhere, I just can’t find it…

Now my question is not “what are you going to do about it?” because we can’t really do anything about it. It’s been done, voted through the Commons & the Lords, and it’s going to happen. You can go and ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, maybe? She is head of state, apparently, and she could stop it. I think she’s the only person who could because Ed Miliband’s doing fuck all about it. We asked him earlier in the week, and he had this to say:


Anyway, my question is “what does the media make of this”? Just waiting on the newspapers to publish something about how the NHS won’t exist as from next year, despite David Cameron saying “the NHS is safe in my hands”. Still waiting… nothing from you, media? Have you been told not to report on it? Would be nice to hear something about it…


  1. Daniel Stockton

    While I understand and admire your dedication to the NHS and share your opposition to the government’s NHS reforms – hell, to this government in general – I don’t think predicting that people will be required to take out health insurance by next year in order to get treatment is the best way of going about it. This government is far too dishonest to simply openly abolish free healthcare and institute an American-syle insurance system next year. They know that the very minute the vast majority of people in the country were told they were suddenly no longer entitled to free healthcare there would be enough rioting to bring down the government. Destruction is too dangerous – erosion is what they’re aiming at, subtle erosion, small steps over the long term that will gradually lead to a patient exodus from free healthcare. Throughout the discussion over these reforms, the government has used the smokescreen of maintaining ‘free at the point of use’ treatment to conceal what they are actually doing – very gradually reducing the number of freely available treatments, dramatically reducing the number of beds in each hospital available for non-private treatments, basically weakening free healthcare until everyone eventually thinks ‘this is so bad, I may as well go private.’ Predicting an end to free healthcare and the introduction of an insurance healthcare system by next year is precisely what the government WANTS opponents of the reforms to do – then, when this is not the case, they can proclaim ‘look, the opponents of the reforms were wrong!’, and disguise the erosion of quality of services which will inevitably be taking place next year.

    As an example of what is currently taking place, check out the Virgin Care website – it makes repeated references to the fact that its care will be ‘universal’ (‘Just because NHS care is universally available, doesn’t mean it can’t be outstanding!’) and the fact its care will ‘as NHS care, be free at the point of use.’ Yet at precisely the same time, it makes subtle allusions to the fact it will be cutting down time spent in hospital to an absolute minimum – ‘enabling patients to recover in their own homes’, is, I think, how they’re spinning it. Take a look also at the website of the NHS Hinchingbrooke Hospital, managed by Circle – again it proclaims free healthcare, but has an entire section of its site dedicated to how you can improve your care by going private, something I have never witnessed on an NHS website in my entire life. Gradually weakening free healthcare, while constantly offering shortcuts to those who go private – that is the government’s plan to destroy the NHS. Don’t give them the ammunition they so desperately want to ‘prove’ the opponents of the reforms are ‘wrong’, by predicting an abolition of free healthcare by next year and then being ‘disproved’ by the continued existence of an ever-declining quality of free care.

  2. Lulu

    Cui bono? Who sponsors your media? My guess it is sponsored by companies poised to benefit from the privatization. In the US we can’t get any commercial media coverage of the benefits of single payer because every other ad is paid for by the insurance industry, or the pharmaceutical industry, and every news half hour has at one ad from private hospitals. When the sponsors meet with the ad sales department, they are free to say what they like. They can say, “We feel that pro-NHS (or pro-single payer in the US) story you ran was biased. We are not interested in sponsoring biased reporting.” or “No one is interested in stories about the old fashioned ways of doing things. NHS is in the past. We aren’t interested in sponsoring your stories about things people aren’t interested in.” Message received: “You want us to buy your ad time, report only what we approve of.” It’s why we can’t get any decent green news in the US. In the news hours, every commercial break is an ad (or two or three!) from mega-fossil fuel companies. It’s because the “news” hasn’t served the public interest in years that I joined the Pirate Party. We need to keep the web free and uncensored, so that people can get news an information the “news” won’t report. If the “news” has you annoyed in the UK, I recommend you look into the Pirates.

  3. We asked Richard Branson how he felt about all this. Here was his reply:

  4. UKMajority

    NHS budget 2012-2013 – £108.9 billion and if analysts are correct we will be needing an extra £20bn per year from 2020. To cover increased population and international freeloaders.

    2013 UK Population – 63million.

    So the cost per person (everyone young and old not just tax payers) – £1728 per year, can be more than this is you include non-tax payer children in a family and those on benefits who get their NI contributions paid by other tax payers. Probably closer to £2500-£3000 per working taxpayer.

    Market leader BUPA quotes £1,662 for its most comprehensive plan – £1,285 if the family pays the first £250 of any claim. Other, less well-featured, policies can bring the cost below £1,000.

    UKGov sells NHS reduces the national debt, no longer the reliance of public funding so tax income can be reduced. Private healthcare services take up the slack and because they are businesses unnecessary public sector jobsworths/administrators sacked. Money made from the sale as well as reducing the debt can be injected into the economy, tax rates can be reduced again stimulating the economy. Put in place a legal requirement for everyone to have health insurance and we’re done. Britain out of recession, economy on the up. No more free healthcare for foreigners and no more boob jobs for the terminally ugly.

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