German company Helios have had secret talks with the Tory/Liberal coalition government regarding managing 20 British NHS hospitals. Government ministers have twice met officials from medical giant Helios. It would receive millions of taxpayers’ money from the government and be free of government controls on managing the hospitals it will run.
The Heath Service unions say Helios has a reputation across Europe for cutting staff and making cuts. Shadow Health Secretary John Healey commented that ‘‘this looks like a secret plan for privatising hospitals and reveals the Tories’ long-term plans for the NHS’’.
Whilst David Cameron’s Tory/Liberal coalition have promises no more NHS privatisation his government has been holding secret talks with a German private hospital group which owns 64 hospitals across Europe and has a record of cutting jobs and wages.
The Tory/Liberal coalition government’s aims to cut £20billion from the NHS, budget over the next four years with over 50,000 nurse and midwife jobs to be axed in its shake-up. According to Labour figures since the Tory/Liberal coalition came to power 400,000 more patients suffer longer waiting times for NHS care than before the 2010 election.
‘‘Free for all, based on need and not the ability to pay, the NHS became Britain’s greatest institution’’
‘‘More than 60 years on and the health service is still a source of pride attracting jealous glances from those on the Continent whose health systems demand costly wrangling’s with insurance salesmen’’
(Daily Mirror comment Monday 05/09/2011)