The endgame is here. The NHS five year plan consists of massive cuts, devolution, asset and land sell-offs and closures: this is about profit, not patients .
The BMA and the government have reached a provisional agreement and the junior doctors’ contract will be published at the end of May and will then be submitted to a ballot of 45,000 junior doctors.
The importance of the junior doctor movement consists in tens of thousands of doctors on the streets defending the NHS. This level of resistance was not anticipated by the government. However, the issue has been largely contained to the small print of a contract dispute. In fact, it is part of a bigger picture of NHS privatisation ultimately leading to the introduction of a private insurance system.
The endgame is here. Personal health budgets are being rolled out as a way of ultimately enabling insurance top-up or co-payments. The NHS five year plan consists of massive cuts, devolution, asset and land sell-offs and closures.
We have reached the anticipated compromise between the BMA and the government. For this reason, an event has been called this Sunday – Act Now to Save Your NHS – to launch a mass movement of rank and file health workers, campaigners, patients and citizens.
For full article see The Independent 21 May 2016