Manchester Health Services transfer to Local Authority and on to Privatisation.

Government plans to transfer the NHS in Manchester to the Local Authority will lead to spending decisions being handed over to the mayor and local politicians, not to local people and certainly not to clinicians who actually know what is going on and what is needed. Between them the hospital trusts in Greater Manchester are likely to have a deficit of over £40 million this year, “cunningly” transferred from central to local government. Social Care has been widely privatised and services opened up to means testing and charges; the transfer to a local-authority is likely to increase this process. http://nhap.org/manchester-nhs-devolution-another-milestone-denationalisation-break-nhs/

Northamptonshire county council intends to out-source all its services and to privatise them as “Social Enterprises” and to massively reduce council spending. In this case all of social services are being handed over. In Barnet the council has also been undergoing the same process. Unions are fighting both sets of proposals. http://www.theworker.org.uk/blog/?p=1832

Last autumn’s budget statement for English councils announced 2.1% or £1.1 billion worth of financial cuts for this year. Manchester is to lose £28 million (5.1%), Lambeth £18 million (5.0%) and Newcastle on Tyne £15 million (4.9%). The figures go on and on and will in lead to reduction of services, workers losing their jobs and increased hardship. http://www.theworker.org.uk/blog/?p=1842

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), is set to make privatisation of health and social services easier and a lot more lucrative for the private contractors. http://www.theworker.org.uk/blog/?p=1896

The government has absurdly spoken of providing new freedoms to Manchester in transferring health services to local government. Large multinational corporations will have their pound of flesh and there will be freedom for them, whether by Trojan horse manoeuvres as in Manchester, massive transfer of public services to the private sector as in Northants and Barnet, financial cuts throughout the country or Trade Agreements legally enforceable by transnational organisations. Neoliberals will claim that TTIP rules are mandatory, just as Conservative, Liberal and Labour politicians have done for decades with respect to the EU. They will also claim that privatisation is freedom and cuts are inevitable.

Workers of Britain should, on the other hand, be saying No to TTIP, No to EU and preparing ourselves to reconstruct Britain and to regain independence so that we can decide what services we need and what we will produce. http://www.theworker.org.uk/br-health%20-%20copy.htm

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