People Will Die – The End Of The NHS. Part 1: The Corporate Assault
Few political acts have exposed the sham of British democracy like the decision to dismantle the National Health Service. In essence, the issues are simple:
1. The longstanding obligation of the UK government to provide universal health care has now been ditched.
2. The NHS is being carved open for exploitation by private interests.
The media, notably the BBC often ranked alongside the NHS as one of the countrys greatest institutions – have failed to report this corporate assault on the countrys health service.
What is deeply disturbing is how little the British public has been told about what has happened, and about the likely consequences for an institution we all hold dear.
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People Will Die – The End Of The NHS. Part 2: Buried By The BBC
Every day, researcher Éoin Clarke runs a check on the number of parts of the NHS that have been ‘carved up and offered to privateers that day. The sad news is that the NHS sell off is indeed accelerating.’ Clarke has identified 81 NHS contracts worth a total of more than £2 billion that are set to be privatised, or have recently been so. He adds that there are over 2,300 ‘chunks of the NHS that private companies can now bid for.’ Amazingly, ‘cuddly’ Richard Branson’s Virgin now controls 18 NHS contracts across 15 English counties.
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SUGGESTED ACTION (from Media Lens)
The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others.
If you do write to journalists, we strongly urge you to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone.
Please write to:
Helen Boaden, BBC Head of News
Nick Robinson, BBC political editor
If you choose this route, your case will be strengthened if you argue that BBC news reporting breaches BBC editorial guidelines. The relevant general principles are 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.2.4. Of particular note here are: 4.4.2 and 4.4.9.
Please consider becoming involved in campaigns to save the NHS, e.g. 38 Degrees