The trio of ministerial ‘reformers’ to the NHS could be about to witness new challenges to their toxic proposals to overhaul our health service.
This blog draws on news updates from http://eoin-clarke.blogspot.com/2012/02/andrew-lansley-covers-up-nhs-report.html
In a fortnight of breaking news on almost daily updates in the saga of the NHS reforms, news now comes that a previously-concealed document – the ‘Risk Register’ may have been leaked out into the open. With its release comes some devastating pieces of information that may challenge Lansley’s NHS upheavals once and for all.
The Risk Register was developed for the Department of Health as an internal breakdown of risks and issues the Health and Social Care Bill could pose to the healthcare service. Despite widespread calls for its release into the public domain, Lansley and the DoH staunchly refused, citing claims its findings would be “misleading“. With even the Information Commissioner ruling the DoH was breaching the Freedom of Information Act by failing to disseminate the document, the DoH seemed able to stand up to criticism and conceal its potentially incendiary findings.
Claims now exist from leaked elements of the report that it refers to an upcoming huge “surge in health care costs and that the NHS will become unaffordable” as private companies siphon money to their interests. The report apparently goes on to warn that GPs, who the Health Bill proposes shall take over healthcare commissioning, have no experience or skills to manage these costs and tasks effectively.
It will be difficult if these claims stand true for Lansley to brush off criticism that his reforms are unnecessary and over-costly. It is clear from the spread of opposition that the Bill gains day by day that the next week that winning the debate in the Lords and Westminster will be no easy task for the govermnement.
It is crucial at this time that we mobilise together to put an end to these reforms once and for all. With the BMA, the RCN, the RCGP, many of the other trade unions and medical colleges, along with hundreds if not thousands of other members of the public now standing in the way of Lansley’s backdoor privatisation of the NHS we see little chance these reforms can pass successfully into legislation.
Join us over the next week in standing up to power and keeping the NHS run for the public, by the public!
Are you worried about these allegations?
1) Sign a parliamentary Early Day Motion to call on Lansley to publish the report (http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2659)
2) Lobby a member of the House of Lords ahead of their important debate next Thursday 2nd February (http://www.goingtowork.org.uk/peers/)
3) Get in touch with Big Society NHS to put further pressure on the government to stop these reforms firstname.lastname@example.org