Join the Movement to Renationalise the NHS!
While generations of us have been lovingly patched up by our NHS, proud to fund it with our taxes, UK governments have been quietly privatising it. Our life-saving, world-leading NHS, famed for its universally high standards and efficiency, has been broken up into a maze of businesses. An army of highly-paid executives has cut services to the bone. The private companies they hire are raking in £billions from the taxpayer to provide NHS care.
Public health experts warn that the Health and Care Act 2022 is the nail in the coffin for the NHS. It paves the way for the English NHS to be replaced by the worse performing, hugely expensive American ‘managed care’ system. Private corporations and American health insurers will control NHS budgets and receive financial incentives to cut and deny care for profit.
With 7 million people now on waiting lists, and avoidable deaths spiralling upwards, the grim truth is that the NHS is no longer a nationalised health service.
Share our Five Key Demands on social media and take our Three Actions to build the movement to reverse Americanisation, and Renationalise your NHS.
Three Actions to Save Your NHS!
1.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 oppose and denounce the privatising Health and Care Bill.
• Educate the nation on how the Bill Americanises the NHS, enabling a US take-over.
• Demand a significant rise in wages for our heroic NHS staff.
• Support full renationalisation as the only remedy for our crumbling NHS.*
These positions have huge support from 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 Boris Johnson, 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.
3.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.
These three actions are just the beginning. If enough people do them, we lay the ground for other kinds of action, from marches to strikes.
Your NHS Needs YOU!
Five Key Demands
1.Renationalise Our NHS!
Four decades of health law has torn apart our nationwide service, shifting funds away from patient care towards the unnecessary internal market and private providers. Admin costs have rocketed from some 4% of the budget to over 20% and rising, squandering £200 billion.
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 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, sometimes with fatal consequences.
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 some 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 other developed countries to ensure safe, high quality healthcare.
4.Drive Out Big Business & American Health Insurers
US 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 now owns 70 GP practices, and UnitedHealth owns the biggest GP patient access website, EMIS, and over half the population’s medical records. Insurers look for reasons in our medical records to block payment for care or to set expensive premiums which put private insurance out of reach for the very sick.
£11 billion in Private Finance Initiative debts is costing the NHS over £80 billion in loan repayments. These vastly over-priced loans are then 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 Wages
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 about 30% over 10 years. Hunger among junior doctors and nurses has pushed over a third of NHS trusts to open foodbanks for staff!
Staff are also suffering from cuts, closures, business-style performance targets, exhaustion, burn out and PTSD. Many talented, expensively-trained doctors and nurses then quit the NHS, which damages national health outcomes for patients and wastes public money. Private companies cream off £4.3 million to provide agency staff who are paid more than NHS staff.
Doctors and nurses 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 sufficient well-paid full-time frontline staff, and provide nutritious refreshments, rest rooms, free parking and access to mental health professionals so that staff feel valued and invested in NHS care.