Nye Bevan on Conservative Plans to Destroy the NHS

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Bevan was also aware that the Tories desperately wanted to stop the creation of the welfare state. This was particularly true of Churchill, who bitterly hated the idea of the proles getting free medicine, loudly denouncing the new welfare state and NHS as a ‘A Gestapo for England’. This shows that once the War was over, Churchill was basically another hard-right Tory louse and the returning servicemen were quite right to kick him out.

At one point in its creation, the amount spent on the new NHS exceeded the initial estimates. Churchill seized on this to try and discredit the whole scheme. Bevan says of this in In Place of Fear

The first few Estimates for the Health Service seemed to justify the critics. Expenditure exceeded the Estimates by large amounts, and Mr Churchill with his usual lack of restraint plunged into the attack. In this he showed less insight…

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Scrutiny Committee must stop consultation on unfit Right Care hospital cuts scheme


Jane Rendle, chair of Calderdale 38 Degrees NHS campaign and Jenny Shepherd, chair of Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS both made “deputation” statements at the Calderdale & Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee (JHSC) meeting on 29 January 2016.

Jane pointed out that the clinical senate says there is no evidence that the new care models will deliver the required standard of care, and Jenny called on the JHSC to stop the consultation on the grounds that the proposals to be consulted on are not fit for purpose for the people of Calderdale and Kirklees.

Both campaign groups have now agreed to:

  • gather evidence to show clearly how the proposed hospital cuts and changes scheme is unfit for purpose
  • produce straightforward public information leaflets explaining how both the hospital cuts and changes scheme and the “Care Closer to Home” scheme are unfit for purpose
  • Produce a…

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