Before you think this is an exaggeration, please watch both of the following videos. The truth is far more frightening than even the worst of the headlines suggest. You will miss the NHS when it is gone forever.
Professor Allyson Pollock spoke about the NHS Reinstatement Bill to the public in Oxford in October 2014, at a meeting organised by the Green Party. This is the speech uncut. Pollock is behind the NHS Reinstatement Bill as a response to privatisation.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Library: November, 2014.
Corporate interests rather than patient care is driving reform in today’s NHS and will divert money away from you. And the media are failing to tell you this.
This film is radical. With over a dozen NHS insiders as my witnesses, I tell the alarming story of how the health service as we know it has been quietly abolished. Almost without our noticing, it’s been replaced by a system modelled on the US in which care is delivered by profit-maximising companies that charge patients for treatment which is anyway to be restricted and reduced.
One medical reporter the film-maker knows claims that health reporting today is so poor because few journalists have real sources inside the NHS. Well, this film has a riot of medical sources – including one professor, two consultant radiologists, a cancer expert, a public interest lawyer, and several outspoken GPs. What they all say will be shocking, unusual and brave. Our doctors really strike back in this one.
I shine a torch on what some doctors see as a glaring omission in the national psyche. I have identified a powerful group of figures within the NHS who are alarmed by the public’s lack of awareness about the abolition of their NHS. This film follows their arguments right the way up to the Health Secretary’s relinquishing of responsibility for the nation’s health, and argues that it must be reversed. This film also takes you on a personal journey to a national theme that has massive implications for us all. It reveals a hidden agenda that’s already having disastrous effects. According to one senior consultant: ‘It’s like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank’. Each of the insiders speak to us intimately, as if we’re patients in the consulting room. These doctors are people simply doing their jobs by putting their patients’ interests, which are also the viewers’ interests, first.
What perhaps surprises us most is how efficiency and quality drop. Or, perilously, how close we are to falling forever down a pitiless US-style empty well of no-bucks-no-care. Though the diagnosis remains bleak, the strength of the characters at the film’s disposal should give us surprising hope, casting flashes of light across an otherwise bleak landscape. The style of the film is intimate, hand-held scrupulousness. Interviews take place in discreet corners of hospitals, surgeries and streets, the images at times elevated by a powerful soundtrack, leaving the viewer with an overall admiration for the doctors’ speaking out, combined with anger at what’s happening.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Library: January, 2015.