Dear Andy Burnham,
We know you probably haven’t heard of NHSpace. That’s fine; everyone has to start somewhere. What matters is we believe in something, and we’re willing to stand up for what we believe.
We thought you were too, Andy. We saw you give a talk to NHS staff last year, and we took notes. You said:
- “I prefer the NHS model over a more marketised system. A more marketised system means more costs.”
- “The NHS model avoids the inflationary pressures, rising costs and fragmented care that affects a market-based system.”
- “We will repeal the H&SC Act, and we will include that in the first Queen’s Speech of the next Labour government.”
So why, Andy, are you now supporting the marketisation of the NHS? You would reverse the H&SC Act only to replace it with a different flavour of privatisation in which the NHS and charities are ‘preferred providers‘. Such a system will still welcome private firms, be governed by European competition law, and waste billions on contracts and tenders.
You’re a nice guy, Andy, and you give good speeches. But what you’ve got lined up for our NHS just isn’t good enough.
Labour have strayed too far to the right and are now helping the Tories sell off the welfare state that Aneurin Bevan helped create. The Labour Party isn’t the same party that you joined at age 14 to fight the Tories, and it’s certainly not a party that Bevan would recognise. You of all people should be able to see that Labour need to sort themselves out.