Skip to comments.Gordon Brown accused of bowing to unions by freezing private companies out of NHS [UK]
Posted on 11/24/2009 8:20:04 AM PST by markomalley
Gordon Brown is facing a damaging rift with his party after slowing the pace of reform in the NHS, The Times has learnt.
Private companies and charities are being frozen out of the NHS, prompting accusations that the Government has bowed to pressure from the unions.
Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, is facing a Cabinet backlash, criticism from the former ministers John Hutton and Alan Milburn and attacks from the CBI and charity groups over proposals to limit outside involvement in the NHS.
The Department of Health will publish new guidelines shortly that limit private companies and charities to providing services not already offered or in areas where the existing NHS is failing.
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What’s the point of controlling critical services and the economy if you can’t use that power to punish your enemies? Ask the Republicans who once had Chrysler dealerships. Wait’ll the ‘bama instututes ‘card check’ in national elections-every bureaucrat who administers health care or financial services will be able to bring an applicant’s voting record up on his computer, and process the request accordingly. There’s a reason our founding fathers feared too much power in a centralized government.
Like this is a surprise. Brown will pull out all the stops in an attempt to pull a victory out of the proverbial rabbit’s hat. As David Hannan, former Euro MP, keeps on mentioniong the NHS is the largest employer in the UK with around 1.33 MM on the payroll. The NHS would be in the top 5 of biggest employers in the world.
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