Until recently the NHS has been one of the best and most cost-effective health care systems in the world. But it’s now in crisis, largely because of
- The Health and Social Care Act (2012), which turned the NHS into a competitive market , accelerated privatisation, and made it vulnerable to inclusion in trade deals that could make privatisation irreversible.
- Removal of government funding for capital projects, forcing many NHS organisations to use the Private Finance Initiative and take on unmanageable debt;
- A new Five Year Plan that fragments the NHS into 44 areas, each having to make cost-cutting Sustainability and Transformation Plans and develop into what are currently called integrated care systems and accountable care organisations that allow more scope for private companies to profit from planning and providing services;
- Rising pressure on the NHS, for example from increased levels of poverty and homelessness following the government’s ‘austerity’ measures;
- Underfunding of the NHS and financial cuts, with demands for crippling ‘efficiency savings’;
- Pressure on NHS Trusts in the face of underfunding and financial deficits to sell irreplaceable public assets – i.e NHS-owned land and buildings, and transfer NHS services and staff to Trust-owned private companies (SubCos).
How can we stop this?
This website’s main aim is to provide patients and the general public with up to date information about what is happening to the NHS in England.
We also give details of campaigning groups concerned with reclaiming the NHS and supporting the NHS Reinstatement Bill. There are also resources (e.g. our leaflet outlining what is happening) and an explanation of terms.