Tuesday, 25 November 2014

More New Labour Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of Steve Reed and One Nation Labour is boundless.

Recently for example, Reed backed “Labour’s” plans to, “save our NHS”. They will, if you believe them, introduce a “Time to Care Fund” to increase the number of health care staff. 

TUSC welcomes all tangible and long-lasting reforms that directly benefit working people. 

But we spy some of New Labour’s weasel words again. They say their plan, “will see 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives”. 

But what does, “will see”, mean? Why not say plainly that if elected they will directly recruit these additional staff. And why not also say by which date, even approximately, they will achieve it?

Reed blames the Tories. And of course there is some truth in that. But you do have to ask yourself, what were New Labour themselves doing when they were in power for 13 years? Do they think we have a problem with our short-term memory?

They have the gall to say (on Reed’s website) that only “Labour” can be trusted to save the NHS. But tell us, and do so plainly, is New Labour definitely NOT in favour of NHS PFI contracts? 

Will they say plainly that they will HALT and reverse the NHS internal “market” - which consumes so much in time and money - and which substantially accounts for the bureaucratic, “top down” management which Reed bangs on about so often?

As we say in the previous post, it was no other than New Labour that implemented 150 PFI contracts in the NHS. Besides being a massively expensive way of financing public projects - in and out of the NHS - it paves the way for more private-profit intrusion into the heath services. 

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