Tag: National Health Service

Government controlled healthcare to be outsourced in the UK.

It looks like the government controlled British healthcare system has worked so well for the people that they are now being forced to, of all possible horrors, farm the work out to a foreign private company.

A German company has been in talks to take over NHS hospitals, the first tangible evidence that foreign multinationals will be able to run state-owned acute services, a market worth £8bn, the Guardian can reveal.

On the eve of the last Commons vote on the government’s bill before it heads to the Lords this week, freedom of information requests reveal a series of meetings focused on “potential opportunities in London” between officials from the Department of Health, the NHS, the management consultant McKinsey and one of the largest German private hospital chains, Helios.

Once EU competition law applies to the health service there would be no barrier to handing over the running of NHS hospitals to non-British firms. Helios has a record of turning around failing hospitals, largely by cutting staff or wage levels. Local politicians have accused it of being motivated more by revenues than by patient care.

Government controlled healthcare works about as well as the government controlled postal system here in the US: it costs way too freaking much, to then deliver service that is mediocre at its best, attracts the incompetent to its ranks, and in general is a money pit that bleeds the tax payers. I certainly do not want the people working at the Post Office or the DMV in charge of my healthcare decisions, curtailing access to it – because they will sure as hell tell you how unfair it is for me to have any kind of decent care when some member of some aggrieved group they use to gin up votes isn’t getting the same for free – and most important of all, robbing me of my freedoms in order to increase their power. Anyway, the reaction from those that profit from this scam was predictable:

The news came as key Lib Dems broke cover with a series of amendments designed to defang the government’s radical pro-market health bill. The vote has the potential to cause a major rift between the coalition partners and comes before a crunch meeting between Nick Clegg and his parliamentary party. The Lib Dem leader will seek to persuade potential rebels that there cannot be any more changes to the bill.

Sources close to Clegg said the leadership had already “used up a lot of political capital” by halting and then recasting the bill earlier this year. “We expect MPs to vote with the government. Otherwise we won’t last very long [in power].”

Evan Harris, a former Lib Dem MP and grassroots activist, warned the leadership it risked a revolt over the issue. He said the amendments showed “the bill in its current form does not have Lib Dem support and unless the necessary concessions are made it will fare extremely badly at the party conference and in the Lords”.

The British deserve the shitty healthcare system they have after letting government take it over. In general the whole “fairness” and “social justice” bullshit the left touts translates to robbing Peter to pay Paul for his vote, assuring equality of misery for all. No matter how good or well intentioned this crap it starts off as, it eventually degenerates into the USSR or North Korea, as the new autocratic nobility class that runs things runs out of other people’s money. Let’s hope we wise up here and do away with Obamacare before it leaves us in the same boat.