The NHS belongs to us. It is a service we passionately want to protect. Greens are fighting to put the public back at the heart of our health service.
Candidates Larry Sanders and Ann Duncan with Prof. Allyson Pollock at a public meeting (Nov 2014) on the future of the NHS organised by Oxfordshire Green Party.
For more than two decades, Labour, Tory and LibDem governments have been intent on selling off one of our most cherished national institutions to the highest bidder.
Labour started the ball rolling when they raised money to build new hospitals using the flawed Private Finance Initiative (PFI). This funnelled large amounts of taxpayer money into private companies. The current Conservative/LibDem Government have put measures in place to speed up the privatisation process.
Any money diverted into the profits of big business is money lost to frontline services. Research by the local Keep Our NHS Public group indicates that the Oxford University Hospitals Trust alone is saddled with unnecessary private debt repayments of £20m per annum.
- Fight for a publicly funded, publicly provided health service free at the point of use
- End the creeping privatisation of the NHS and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012
- Fair pay and fair conditions for NHS staff
- Integrated home and hospital-based social care
- Make mental health a much higher priority with resources to match this status
- Cutting nuclear weapons and putting the savings into health care and education