More from Lenin- “a death by a thousand cuts–“. Cannot be clearer.
THE NHS AND STP’s
The disseminator of government propaganda, the BBC (British Brainwashing Corporation) ‘has been given access to sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas’, as reported today (26 Aug. 2016) by their online service.
As any arm of the State, it dutifully quoted an unnamed NHS England spokesman’s weasel words: “This is a unique exercise in collaboration. It is hardly a secret that the NHS is looking to make major efficiencies and the best way of doing so is for local doctors, hospitals and councils to work together to decide the way forward in consultation with local communities”.
A reasonable interpretation of this is: We will use the collaborators we have in our pocket to streamline services, so as to make them more attractive for large corporations to buy.
There is no analysis given concerning the true nature of the supposed cash shortage facing the NHS.
There is no cash shortage because there is no cash.
When the so called financial bailout of Greece was being imposed, a European finance minister, when asked from where the cash was to come, replied that it would be created as digits within computers (dwc’s); it had no physical being.
Similarly, the governor of the innapropriately titled Bank of England (a branch of a corporate banking cartel), recently announced that he would ‘create’ a reserve fund to counter any adverse consequences of Brexit. (Which will never happen in any real sense, as asking the capitalist elite to ditch cheap migrant workers is like expecting a Roman Emperor to sack his bottle washer).
The point is this: we are indoctrinated into believing in cash shortages and the necessity of budgets, when such are illusions. We are as courtiers of a bollock-naked Emperor who are discussing the finer details of his illusory clothing.
The effects of not having any or enough dwc’s is, of course, not illusory. The game has real consequeces, but a game is what it is, and a game that should be swept off the table in one revolutionary swipe.
It’s purpose is simply to keep a gap between the rich and poor; to act as an excuse for the privatisation of health care.
It is the instrument of corporate control disguised as economics.
If you wish to see the effects of this policy, go to America, from where, as everything disguised as British policy, it originated.
After 2008, 31 states cut services to health care; 29 cut services to the elderly and disabled, needed by those on low-income, or significantly increased the co-cost of these services.
An article distributed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2011, written by Ron Honberg et al., entitled State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis, sums up the American experience and mirrors what is happening in the UK:
‘One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. In recent years, the worst recession in the U.S. since the Great Depression has dramatically impacted an already inadequate public mental health system. From 2009 to 2011, massive cuts to non-Medicaid state mental health spending totaled more than $1.8 billion dollars. And, deeper cuts are projected in 2011 and 2012. States have cut vital services for tens of thousands of youth and adults living with the most serious mental illness. These services include community and hospital based psychiatric care, housing and access to medications’.
You do not need to be a soothsayer to predict the ineviatable consequences of the ludicrously named ‘sustainability and transformation plans’. These STP’s are nothing more than trickery – the slow dismembering of the NHS the political henchmen of the corporate elite butchers.
A death by a thousand cuts, so slowly delivered as to be almost imperceptible.
RISE AGAINST THE CORPORATE MACHINE!
‘There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens’. (Leon Trotsky).
comrade lenin nightingale