Selling England By The Pound

With suitable apologies to Genesis, I’m not really about to breach your Copyright.

What am I going to do is make my first contribution to The Big Picture.

It was brought to my attention only this week that the great NHS Sale has begun. Apparently up to 400 community services are already up for grabs.  The kind of services envisaged in this round might include wheelchair services and foot treatment to diagnostic tests, adult hearing and psychological therapies, with companies such as Specsavers, Boots and Alliance Healthcare potentially bidding for the contracts, alongside NHS hospital trusts, local medical centres and GP surgeries.

Labour’s Health Spokesman had the following to say “Be warned – Cameron’s Great NHS Carve- Up is coming to your community. As we speak, contracts are being signed in the single biggest act of privatisation the NHS has ever seen – 398 NHS community services all over England, worth over a quarter of a billion pounds, out to open tender.  A forced privatisation, ordered from the top, and a secret privatisation – details hidden under ‘commercial confidentiality’ – but exposed today, in Labour’s NHS Check.”

The list of services up for tender under this system is many and various, but one at random for NE England lists the following services and their values

SERVICES OUT TO TENDER AND THEIR VALUE

County Durham
Anti-coagulation: not known
Adult hearing: £266,000
Podiatry: £1.1m
Gateshead/South Tyneside/Sunderland
Anti-coagulation: £1.1m
Adult Hearing: £2.7m
Podiatry: £3.1m
Hartlepool/Middlesbrough/Redcar and Cleveland
Adult hearing: £1.3m
Psychological Therapies: not known
Newcastle
Dermatology: not known
Anti-coagulation therapy: not known
Diagnostics: not known
(non-obstetric ultrasound)
North Yorkshire & York
Wheelchair services: £3.2m
Diagnostics: £1.1m
Podiatry: £1.2m
Stockton
Adult hearing: £266,000
Psychological Therapies: not known
Lymphodema: not known

This is happening NOW people, you’ve heard a lot from us previously about Police Reform, well that’s not the only thing we have to worry about.

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