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NHSWHEEL OF MISFORTUNE


On April 24 Unite hosted a grim new game show outside Westminster, to mark the day peers debated the pro-privatisation section 75 NHS regulations.


With a spin of the huge NHS wheel of misfortune, MPs and passers-by learned just how much it will cost them for essential and common medical procedures, if the backdoor privatisation of the NHS continued unchecked. Unite believes the Coalition’s NHS policies, including a multi-billion pound funding squeeze coupled with a massive reorganisation, will destroy the 65 year old health service – paving the way for a new market-based system where paying up to £10,000 for maternity costs or £13,450 for a new hip would be the norm.


5 uniteWORKS May/June 2013 Unite national officer, Rachael Maskell, said, “Patients need


MPs and peers to wake up urgently to what this government is doing to our NHS. Since 2010, the private grip on this public service has tightened with more than £20bn now in private hands. These proposed regulations will only accelerate this.


“The NHS wheel of misfortune will be a reality if we don’t take a stand to defend what is perhaps the greatest social benefit of any country. Sixty-five years of health care based on need and not the ability to pay is at stake.”


For more visit www.unitetheunion.org/saveournhs


Mark Thomas


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