Dear Sarah, James and Today,
It was great to learn the news that the Labour conference voted against privatisation of the NHS yesterday, however my money is on government and ministers ignoring their party once again. I find the concept that Labour ministers can ignore their party utterly incomprehensible and this must be an appalling affront to these Labour members. This is all especially timely given the NHS Logistics strike against being privatised, and last week at the Green Party's conference we passed a motion in support of the NHS Logistics strike.
Clearly, most of the Labour Party want the same as the Greens in respect of the NHS as it has been Green Party policy for some time to oppose both privatisation and marketisation of the NHS. Fortunately these Labour members will have a home in the Green Party (who are the only major party opposing privatisation) once they have been disaffected by Blair and co.
The privatisation of the NHS is rampant under this government, perhaps we miss heard Blair when he said "24 hours to save the NHS" and he actually said "24 hours to sell the NHS".
Health spokesperson for the Green Party
Excert from the Green Party Manifesto for a Sustainable Society:
H104 Healthcare is not a commodity to be bought or sold. The National Health Service must provide healthcare, free at the point of need, funded through taxation. It must be a public service funded by, run by and accountable to local and national government and devoid of all privatisation, whether privatised administration, healthcare provision, support services or capital ownership. The NHS is concerned with healthcare provision and should not be subject to market forces either internal or external.