Greens call for an end to privatisation in the NHS

The Green Party Manifesto for the General Election promises to maintain a publicly funded, publicly provided health service, and opposes NHS privatisation.

The manifesto also contains commitments to:

. Decentralise healthcare responsibility to local government. . Ensure that minimum service levels and national guidelines are provided to prevent a postcode lottery, and oppose further health service centralisation.
. Reintroduce free eye tests and free NHS dental treatment for all. . Provide accessible, local community health centres that offer a wide range of services, including out-of-hours care, and are an additional tier of healthcare rather than a replacement for your GP.
. Use increased taxes on alcohol and tobacco to fund overall real growth in the medium term of at least 1.2% per annum in the NHS budget

Keith M Ross, Green Party Candidate for Swansea West, said, “Compassion in healthcare and the prevention of illness should be at the forefront of our healthcare service

“The Green Party thinks it’s unfair that public money is wasted on botched privatisation schemes. The yearly cost of these privatisation schemes is over £1billion pounds and we are the ones left to foot the bill.

“The government tells us that the schemes will provide us with choice. In reality privatisation does nothing to ensure that efficient and effective health care is provided and it actually reduces some of the many health benefits we currently enjoy.

“It’s unfair that quality of care suffers when hospitals and surgeries are treated like profit-driven businesses rather than public services.

“We will fight for a fair deal for those needing health care by opposing cuts, closures and privatisation and by demanding a full programme of locally accessible services.

“In particular, we will maintain the principle of a free NHS by implementing in England and Wales the scheme that provides free social care to the elderly in Scotland.

“We believe in keeping the health service free – we would abolish prescription charges in the rest of the UK, re-introduce free eye tests and ensure NHS chiropody is widely available.

“We will also fight to restore free dental care and provide everyone with the choice of an NHS dentist.”

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