York Outer's Labour Parliamentary candidate Joe Riches pledged to put keeping the NHS in York publicly provided at the heart of the General Election campaign, as shocking details of the scale of privatisation have emerged. In just three years since the Health and Social Care Act of 2012, £7 BILLION worth of contracts have gone to the private sector, including services in York. This is set to rise to £20 BILLION in the next few years. Despite the continued denials by the Conservatives that their reforms would lead to privatisation and fragmentation of services, it is already clear that the pace of contracting out NHS services is quickening.
Concern for the ability of a future government to reverse this has been heightened by the potentially damaging legal implications from the TTIP trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the United States. US health companies could have the right to sue a future UK government if elected politicians try to reverse privatisation. Labour's Joe Riches wants the NHS and all public services excluded from any deal on TTIP. Meanwhile the Conservatives and Julian Sturdy MP claim there is no need for this. They are the same people who say the NHS isn't being privatised, when the clear evidence of increasing private contracts shows that it is. At this rate, there will be no meaningful publicly provided NHS left in 5 years time - without a change in government.Joe Riches commented ''The evidence of increasing privatisation and fragmentation is there for all to see.
Only this month, the government announced the biggest privatisation deal yet worth £800m and a leaked report found plans for an even bigger deal to privatise cancer care in Staffordshire. This is happening all over the country now and York and North Yorkshire will not be able to hold back the tide if it continues under the Tories.'' Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said ''It is outrageous that large chunks of the NHS are being parcelled up and sold off without the permission of a single person in this country.” “Jeremy Hunt tries to claim that ‘privatisation isn’t happening’, but the truth is it is happening at speed and scale,” he added. A Labour government would reverse the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, ending the selling off of the NHS and say no to the NHS being within the TTIP trade deal.