Join the Movement to Reverse Americanisation and Renationalise our NHS!
35 years ago, Conservatives hatched a plan to privatise our NHS on the sly. They took an efficient, world-class service and broke it up into dozens of competing businesses. Breaking its election promises, New Labour continued the privatisation. Conservatives, with help from LibDems, then pushed the stealth Americanisation of the NHS into overdrive. Politicians and NHS execs spent £100s of billions of our taxes to:
- divert a fortune away from doctors, nurses and patient care towards an army of highly-paid managers, accountants and business consultants, and vastly over-priced private loans (PFI), bankrupting hospitals;
- cut 100+ hospitals, 150,000+ beds and doctors’ training to just 4 years, shrinking NHS dental and optician care, better quality, more efficient, publicly-provided, doctor-led care and workforce skills;
- pay 1000s of private companies for more expensive, often worse quality NHS care and services, ripping up universal standards, allowing the sale of beds and GP practices to US firms, and asset-stripping the NHS;
- take the National out of the Health Service by breaking the English NHS into 42 USA-style Integrated Care Systems (ICS), each handing out private contracts and choosing what treatments to provide or refuse;
- bring in American-style, manager-led care by stealth, so private firms and UK and US private health insurers can control ICS budgets, with financial incentives to cut and deny our care for profit.
Privatisation has led to thousands of us dying avoidably every month, hungry nurses and junior doctors on poverty pay using NHS food banks, ongoing strikes and 7.7 million people on waiting lists, all to push us into the arms of private healthcare. Who gains from American-style healthcare in England? A raft of mainly Conservative MPs and peers with a financial interest in private healthcare, rich shareholders, private companies and health insurers, and the banks who will ultimately repossess the homes of those bankrupted by very costly private healthcare. Why have the media kept silent on the government giveaway of 75 years of the nation’s investment in its health to UK and foreign corporations? Because the UK media are themselves owned by private corporations or, in the case of the BBC, headed by their representatives.
Go to Learn More and get informed. Take our 4 Actions. Share the videos at the foot of each page and our 5 Key Demands everywhere. Join the movement to reverse Americanisation and renationalise our NHS!
Four Actions to Save Your NHS!
1.Donate to NHS Strike Funds
The government has frozen the salaries of frontline staff at below-inflation levels for over 10 years — in real terms, they’ve suffered a pay cut of nearly 30%. Some of the most, caring, dedicated and skilled members of society are unable to make ends meet and are going hungry in the 6th richest nation in the world! So, nurses, ambulance workers and junior doctors have been striking for pay restoration and the survival of our NHS. They don’t get paid when taking strike action so strike funds give them a bit of income to help them survive. This, in turn, makes strike action more effective. Thank you for giving whatever you can manage!
Background to this action
Government policy has caused a shortage of 135,000 NHS doctors and nurses. Hunger has pushed over a third of NHS trusts to open food banks for frontline staff, who are also suffering from the effects of cuts, closures, business-style performance targets, exhaustion, burn out and PTSD. Their contracts contain gagging clauses to stop them speaking out. All of which pushes many talented doctors and nurses trained at great expense by the NHS to leave, damaging national health outcomes for patients, and wasting public money. Private companies then cream off £millions to provide agency staff, who are paid more than NHS staff. We must restore pay in order to retain staff and save the NHS. Staff across different services and trade unions are taking strike action to say enough is enough. We fully support them for standing up for their survival and the survival of our NHS.
Donate to the junior doctors’ strike fund at the British Medical Association: https://bmastrikefund.raisely.com/
Donate to the nurses’ strike fund at the Royal College of Nursing: https://action.rcn.org.uk/page/117402/donate/1
Donate to the ambulance workers’ strike fund at the GMB: https://www.saveournhs.org.uk/strike_fund
2.Sign our petition
The government is destroying the NHS. But neither medical unions nor the Labour leadership have informed the public about what’s really happening to our health service. We urgently need them to join forces and fight to save our NHS. So far, they have utterly failed to defend and protect the service that Labour founded — this nation’s greatest achievement.
We call on the whole union movement and the Labour Party to vigorously:
• Denounce the privatising Health and Care Act 2022 and educate the nation on how it enables a take-over by American private health insurers.
• Join forces behind unified strike action to secure full pay restoration for heroic NHS staff, and drive predatory UK and foreign corporations out.
• Support full renationalisation as the only remedy for the stealthy, deliberate and anti-democratic dismantling of our NHS.
These positions have huge support from public health experts and the public. It’s time to back them.
Make yourself heard on Twitter! Click on the button to use our template tweet to Rishi Sunak, but feel free to compose your own message and send it to other people too!
You’ll also find template tweets directed at corporations privatising the NHS, and medical unions who need to do much more to oppose it.
4.Donate to defend the NHS
To keep this campaign going we are going to need funds!
Your donation will help to pay for:
- an organiser to coordinate the campaign
- advertising on social media to get the word out
- research into NHS privatisation and renationalisation
We know times are tight. But it’s going to be far cheaper to pool our resources now than allow the NHS to be privatised and find that we are facing exorbitant costs for care in the future.
Every penny counts and will be much appreciated.
Your NHS Needs YOU!
Five Key Demands
1.Renationalise Our NHS!
Four decades of UK health law has torn our nationwide service apart, shifting money away from patient care towards the unnecessary internal market and private providers. Admin costs have rocketed from some 4% of the NHS budget in the late 1980s to double figures. Experts say the internal market costs some £5 billion a year, totalling some £150 billion over 30 years!
In 2022, the government broke NHS England into 42 regions known as Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). Based on American Accountable Care Organisations, they have effectively de-nationalised our NHS.
The NHS used to be funded from a central pot of public money. Now, each ICS has its own budget and the power to spend taxpayers’ money on private contracts and decide which treatments to provide.
ICS budgets are controlled and influenced by private companies, including American private health insurers, free to increase profits by cutting routine and emergency services and denying care to patients.
Government must reverse 40 years of privatising legislation and scrap Integrated Care Systems to fully renationalise the NHS, including dental, optician and social care.
2.Bring Back the Hospitals You Shut & Beds You Cut
Since the 1980s, over 100 hospitals have been closed and half of hospital beds have been cut at a time when the UK population has grown by about 10 million.
This deliberate shrinking of publicly-provided care is designed to destroy our confidence in the NHS to create an inadequate health service, increase waiting lists, stimulate the growth of private care and bring in a two-tier, American-style system.
The middle class pay for top-up private insurance to make up for treatments that the NHS no longer provides. Those who can’t afford insurance receive only reduced A&E care and less access to other treatments, with fatal consequences for some.
Running down and concentrating NHS services in fewer centres creates “economies of scale” to cut costs so that ICSs are more profitable for the private sector. In the last decade alone, £100 billion has been taken by private companies at the expense of the NHS. During the pandemic, the government spent £37 billion on the failed corporate Test & Trace.
Government must reverse cuts and closures, and end the Americanisation of the NHS.
3.Save Services to Save Lives
Studies show that NHS privatisation is leading to significantly increased deaths from treatable causes and a worrying decline in the quality of care.
Outsourcing to private companies, austerity cuts and the mishandling of the pandemic have increased waiting lists to over 7 million people, delaying treatment and prolonging preventable harm and suffering.
Since the outbreak of Covid, government have had three years to invest in more beds to treat the 10% increase in patients. Instead, they shrank NHS capacity by 8%, creating a further 18% shortage of beds and contributing to 100,000 excess deaths.
Since 2010, the government also cut 10,000 mental health beds, fueling a severe mental health crisis made worse by Covid.
Government must increase bed capacity to the safe levels seen in comparable European economies to ensure safe, high quality healthcare.
4.Drive Out Big Business & American Health Insurers
American private health insurers Centene (UK arm: Operose) and UnitedHealth (UK arm: Optum) have been embedded in England by NHS executives like Simon Stevens, who previously worked for UnitedHealth.
Stevens downgraded the NHS to an American-style ‘managed care’ system dominated by private health insurers who block payments for expensive care, and hospital providers who boost profits by selling treatments that patients don’t need.
Centene owns 70 GP practices, and UnitedHealth is buying England’s biggest GP electronic patient record system, EMIS, holding over half of the population’s medical records. Insurers use this confidential data to find reasons to block payment for care or to set expensive premiums which put private insurance out of reach for the very sick.
£12.7 billion in Private Finance Initiative debt is costing the NHS and taxpayers a fortune in repayments of over £80 billion! These vastly over-priced loans are used to push hospitals into insolvency.
Government must stop diverting £billions into the pockets of private companies, banks and foreign corporations, and redirect tax-payers’ money into a publicly-provided NHS.
5.Safe Staffing Levels Not Poverty Pay
The NHS is short of 135,000 doctors and nurses. Salaries of many frontline staff have been frozen at below-inflation levels, causing real-terms wage cuts of nearly 30% over about 15 years. Hunger among nurses and junior doctors has pushed over a third of NHS trusts to open foodbanks for staff!
NHS staff are also suffering from cuts, closures, business-style performance targets, exhaustion, burn out and PTSD. Many talented, expensively-trained doctors and nurses then leave the NHS, which damages national health outcomes for patients and wastes public money. Private companies cream off £billions to provide agency staff who are paid more than NHS staff. We need to restore NHS pay in order to retain NHS staff.
NHS staff across different services and trade unions are taking strike action to say enough is enough. We fully support them for standing up for their survival and the survival of our NHS.
Government must directly employ safe numbers of frontline staff, restore and maintain their pay, and provide nutritious refreshments, rest and shower rooms, free parking and access to mental health care to make staff feel valued and invested in NHS care.