The Tory Health Secretary made the firm warning despite facing reiterated allegations he is already not giving the health service enough money.
There will be limited funds for the NHS if Brexit discussions go bad.
If they get a poor result, it will be disastrous for British economics.
They won’t be able to lock in their recovery, there will be limited money for the NHS, and all public services.
The Tory minister’s point was that Labour, whose health chief accused Theresa May of lying and dishonesty, couldn’t achieve its promise to stop the wicked nurses’ pay cap if it wins the general election.
However, his statement also lays open the dangers confronted by Theresa May, who has declared that no deal is better than a bad deal as she leaves the European Union. Furthermore, it comes almost a year to the day after Brexit campaigners including Boris Johnson promised £350 million a week for the NHS.
The Health Secretary toured Television and radio studios this to showcase a day of election campaigning on health by Labour.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth promised to stop the 1% pay rise cap imposed on nurses, midwives, and other workers in years of belt-tightening.
He accused Theresa May of being dishonest in her claim the NHS is getting £10 billion additional funding because much of it is eaten up by the social care emergencies.
This election is all about Theresa May saying that you must trust her. We all know she lied about whether she was going to have a general election or not. But further, she’s been misleading about whether she’s given the NHS the funds it asked for.
Mr. Hunt insisted NHS funding was climbing but acknowledged the service is facing an extremely difficult period financially. You can say that again.
There used to be a point when waiting for a referral to the hospital was relatively quick, but presently if anyone foolishly believes it’s going to be sooner than later, they are mistaken. A person can expect to wait up to 18 weeks before they get an appointment, some people won’t have to wait anymore because either they have got better or have died.
There’s a predicted £30 billion shortfall in NHS funding over the next Parliament. It costs £110 billion per annum presently but the population keeps aging and growing, treatments get more diverse and more costly, so do management consultants.
Additionally, the last two parliaments have put some really crazy reformations through the NHS that have killed clinician productivity, especially GPs.
The NHS is certainly under pressure, and will only be more so if its shortfall is not considered. Despite being the world’s 6th biggest economy, we are 16th when it comes to healthcare, spending per capita, yet we manage to have the greatest healthcare in the world.
Heaven forbid if a future government manages to sell the NHS to the private sector, the shortfall needs to be made up, however, neither major party can obtain the reserves required to do this, it’s crazy.
Jeremy Hunt declared Jeremy Corbyn propped up by ragtag of other political parties would do no better with NHS funding. However, Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out an alliance with the SNP and the Lib Dems have ruled out an alliance with anybody.
Mr Hunt told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Look, if you want to get more money into the NHS, if you want to pay nurses more – and we all want to do that – there is only one thing that matters in this election and that is getting a good outcome for the Brexit negotiations.”
He added: “The choice is very straightforward: who is going to get that good outcome for those negotiations?
“Is it a strong Theresa May or is it Jeremy Corbyn propped up by ragtag of other political parties?”
Next, he reiterated his position on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, where he could not answer if the Tory manifesto will incorporate additional funding.
Evidently, they want to raise funding for the NHS, but what is absolutely important is to get a good result from those Brexit negotiations so they can protect the economy and continue to support the NHS.
Even if they do get a good result from Brexit, does anybody really believe that they will support the NHS, Jeremy Hunt is all about breaking it up into little pieces and selling it for the highest price.
After all, Jeremy Hunt is estimated to receive approximately £17 million for the sale of an education website company amid the NHS emergency.
The deal will make Mr. Hunt the richest man in the Cabinet because
Jeremy Hunt is to land a £15 million windfall from an education business he helped to set up as he faces mounting tension over the latest crisis in the NHS.
Hotcourses, the company Mr. Hunt founded with business associate Mike Elms in 1996, is on the brink of being sold for between £30 and £35 million. Papers registered at Companies House reveal that Mr. Hunt controls about 48 percent of the company, indicating he stands to make up to £16.8 million if the business sells for £35 million.
Mr. Hunt’s own claim in the registry of members’ interests asserts that he controls merely 15 percent of the company, which employs about 200 people.
It is understood Mr. Hunt stood down as a director in 2009 and has performed no actual position in the company since becoming an MP in 2005, however, his share of the business has proceeded to profit him large amounts of cash.
The timing of this reported agreement could prove embarrassing for Mr. Hunt, with the government facing the anger of numerous GPs who say they feel scapegoated by plans to make surgeries accessible seven days a week.
And Theresa May pledges to drive forward with 7-day GP services to take the weight off A&E departments.
All doctor’s surgeries in England will open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, Theresa May has promised, except if they can show there is no demand from patients.
Ministers hope increasing admittance to GPs will reduce stress on hospitals, which has become hazardous. There is a growing exasperation in Government that the shortage of GP appointments is forcing patients to seek treatment in hard-pressed hospital accident and emergency departments.
If they believe that’s going to work, they have another thing coming since most GP surgeries open around 8.30am in the morning and close long-standing 5.45pm, however, they further close for lunch mid 1 pm and 3 pm, not giving much time for their patients, and in some surgeries they make afternoon appointments for emergencies alone, however, that can alter from place to place.
Drop in centers were much more helpful if a patient could get there, and obviously, if they couldn’t, then A&E was required.
It’s imperative that we have the right sort of stability for patients and doctors, and a drop-in center would be much safer because then GPs would run on a rota and would then get the rest they needed.
Almost half, 46 percent of GP surgeries were still closing at some point during core weekday working hours. This was in spite of three-quarters of them having received additional funding to implement extended cover.
Nevertheless, doctors’ groups have kicked back at Theresa May, blaming her of attempting to scapegoat GPs. In addition, GPs will be informed that in future, money to surgeries which are not accessible when patients want to attend will be cut.
It has recently been determined that 30 percent of the patients visiting A&E would be properly attended for elsewhere in the system. Meanwhile, the latest official numbers revealed more than four in 10 hospitals in England announced a major alert in the first week of the year as services came under growing tension.
Most GPs do a wonderful job and have their patients’ interests firmly at heart. Nevertheless, it is obvious that a lot of surgeries are not giving access that patients demand and that patients are suffering as a consequence since they are then forced to go to A&E to solicit care.
It’s also bad for hospitals, who then face further stress on their assistance.
Ministers have announced they are giving an extra £528 million a year for practices by 2020-21 to guarantee that the target for implementing seven-day opening is reached by that time.
Furthermore, the Government is concerned about surgeries closing early and facilities failing to disclose the availability of extended hours appointments, which was further a design of the Cameron government.
The British Medical Association also kicked back furiously, attacking ministers of attempting to scapegoat doctors rather than address the funding mess in the NHS.
They are already giving care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and much of the demand on A&E has nothing to do with general practice, it has to do with severely sick patients for whom attending a GP would not stop a hospital admission.
This is not the chance to divert liability or victimize overstretched GP services when the primary root of this dilemma is that funding is not keeping up with demand.
The Government should take responsibility for the mess of its making and draft a contingency strategy to get to grips with the underlying problem, which is the constant under-resourcing of the NHS and social care.
The Prime Minister’s intervention was very unfavorable and the policies were misled.
For practices closing transitorily throughout core opening hours, there are usually pretty solid grounds for doing so, related to ensuring high-quality patient care, including compulsory staff training, and just because the surgery may appear closed, it does not indicate that care isn’t being given.
Nevertheless, if staff training is mandatory, then it should be given when the surgery is shut, not closed when patients could be given care. However, if the government want practices to open on a 7-day basis, then there would be no opportunity to train personnel at all, there should be at least one day in the week for staff training or at least once a month.
We appear to have hit rock-bottom and there is no trust in the system anymore, and it is the patients that become the victims and the doctors that become the whipping boy.
It certainly isn’t the doctor’s liability, therefore maybe it’s the government’s blunder for not putting enough money into the system? If we are not going to have a government that is going to put money into the most prestigious and continuing enterprise, then why do we have a feckless government in control?
It’s contemptible that our own government don’t want to put the NHS first and will ultimately trade it off and make it a private enterprise. Why make such a long-standing enterprise, like the NHS private, when it has worked so well for such a long time? It just doesn’t make any sense, particularly when it will affect the health of millions of people.
The NHS is our pattern of British culture, people talk about how tremendous it is all over the globe and that we have the best health system in the world, which leaves me speechless since our government has a problem with it.
It’s a system that is ingrained into our society and our government is prepared to let it diminish to nothing by not putting enough funds back into a culture that has been long established, and with the right funds, operates well and has done so for years.
It might seem like nothing has changed in the national health service, but actually, the government have legally destroyed it and are working to make that eradication an actuality.
Nobody’s mentioned it, but the government’s Health and Social Care Act has legally destroyed the NHS. On the surface, it seems that nothing has diminished. You can still consult your GP or go to the hospital and get care free at the point of delivery.
However, behind the scenes, something else is going on, the NHS is being privatized. Over the last 30 years, continuous governments have destroyed our national health service, and here’s how they did it.
Ken Clarke, Health Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, got the ball moving by introducing a market into the NHS. This added competition by turning hospital trusts into providers of services and GP/Community trusts into buyers of services.
The effect? Administration expenses actually increased, and this internal market alone accounts for up to 10 percent of the budget or £10 billion a year.
New Labour developed complex financial models known as Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), basically developed under John Major’s government and designed to decrease government borrowing by bringing private investors into public sector projects, to develop infrastructure including new hospitals.
The initial price of hospital PFI schemes is calculated at £11.6 billion. Nevertheless, repayments are now predicted to reach around £80 billion, for hospitals that are already built. The cumulative PFI cost will exceed £301 billion, despite an initial cost of £54.7 billion.
The difference of approximately £250 billion would cover the entire NHS budget for more than two years.
From 2003, Foundation Trusts were started transforming hospitals into semi-independent businesses. These trusts, which control and manage hospitals, can now make up to half their revenue from private patients.
In the meantime, the privatization of Out of Hours Care by the likes of Harmoni and Serco has been accompanied by accusations of cost-cutting and sub-standard care. GP services have further been outsourced.
Virgin Assura alleges to look after 3 million GP patients.
A sequence of health secretaries and ministers went off to work for private healthcare after leaving government. NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens previously served for the colossal US healthcare corporation UnitedHealth following a stint as Blair’s senior health policy advisor.
The top tiers of the Department of Health and NHS executives have been penetrated by management experts. Monitor, the independent lever of the NHS, exemplifies this practice of regulatory arrest with practically the whole board having a corporate background.
Private groups are employed in an arms race to get NHS contracts. Virgin, Circle, Bupa, Serco, UnitedHealth and even Lockheed Martin are all in the race. Last year alone, out of £9.63 billion contracts approved, £3.54 billion (nearly 40 percent) went to private firms.
The Government’s argument for reform mainly rests on the assumption of the NHS no longer being affordable and that it must be improved. Although we use significantly less than the EU average and the likes of France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Out of the G7, only Italy has the equivalent level of spending. The Commonwealth Fund ranks the NHS as the greatest healthcare system in the world and the OECD defines it as one of the greatest performers in the world.
It is overwhelmingly successful with the people.
The Health & Social Care Act eliminates the Government’s accountability for the NHS, passing it down to a range of other groups instead. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are forced to open contracts to unlimited privatization.
Private corporations are cherry-picking profitable contracts leaving NHS trusts with limited money. CCGs are to set to be privatized, and it is hard to accept but CCGs are now legally required to provide only emergency care and ambulances, the remainder is up to their consideration.
This translates into unlimited rationing.
A series of 1980s think tank papers, one of which was authored by Conservative MPs Oliver Letwin and John Redwood, provided the plan for key policies. Back in 2005, Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book Direct Democracy asking for the NHS to be demolished.
It included the line: “Our ambition should be to break down the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalizing the provision of health care in Britain”.
David Cameron’s health advisor Nick Seddon, once of private healthcare group Circle, implies that CCGs should be consolidated with private insurance corporations and those who can afford to should contribute towards their health care.
The Government consistently maintains the health budget is protected. In fact, the NHS has been forced to make cuts of up to £15-20 billion and these are being increased. Tens of NHS trusts are in jeopardy of going bust with PFI deficits as a key factor.
Sixty-six hospitals face closures of some sort. Never mind that buying out or renegotiating PFI contracts would resolve this dilemma at a stroke.
Therefore how will this brave, new world look? Our health service will have clinical commissioning groups working as insurance pools, getting care from private businesses. The NHS will become a state insurer along with the lines of Medicare in the United States.
In the meantime, personal health budgets, which enable patients, rather than doctors, to determine how funds are used in managing their health, will be increased to 5 million people by 2018. This is expected to lead to co-payments financed through private insurance.
The Government’s attempts to eliminate universal healthcare from each and every one of us, and who gave consent to smash up our NHS and peddle it off?
It’s now over to the people to protect our NHS. It’s up to you.
Yet, forced privatization of the NHS is being forced through at pace and scale as leading Labour MPs and a union boss has combined forces with figures from across the political rainbow to demand Theresa May does not sacrifice the NHS and Britain’s environmental protections in the name of a trade deal with Donald Trump.
A list of notable people, including shadow cabinet minister Jon Ashworth, and Unison general secretary Dave Prentis cautioned upon a quick settlement with the US president that could endanger the fate of important characters of British life.
Donald Trump told Gove, the Brexiteer former education secretary, that his incoming government would work really hard on delivering a Britain-US trade agreement done quickly and done properly as he supported this nation to flourish outside the European Union.
MPs who support the Open Britain campaign warned of the dangers, that a settlement could be employed as a cover for trading off parts of the NHS, and a hurried trade deal with Trump may give Ministers protection for their terrible Brexit plan but it will not obscure the prospect that this could be a Trojan horse for NHS privatisation.
The government must give compelling promises that this won’t be part of any eventual UK-US trade agreement. Britain has to succeed outside of the European Union, but they won’t do that by cutting spending and trading off our public services to Donald Trump.