Fiddling the figures won’t help to save our NHS

Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: NHS bureaucrats try to deny that they are planning significant closures to south London’s hospitals, while working on a plan which offers two ‘hypotheses’, neither of which include maintaining all five of the current sites.

Here ANDY FORD, who works in the NHS, offers some background to the latest round of cuts

nhs-nurse-genericIt is time for action.

There is a government plan which has the potential to transform the NHS into a largely privatised and fragmented version of itself, with A&Es all over the country under threat, maybe one-third of maternity units, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

It is called STP – “Sustainability and Transformation Plan”. But the union Unite has more correctly named it as “Slash Trash and Privatise”.

The excellent Keep Our NHS Public has offered some useful background to what lies behind STP.

For a start, the NHS is not overspending.

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