The 2015 general election will define whether the NHS continues to exist as a cherished institution or whether it is dismantled into a privatised, insurance-based system. The Conservatives have demonstrated that the NHS is not safe in their hands. In Coalition, the Liberal Democrats enabled the Health & Social Care Act 2012, which essentially abolishes the NHS. Meanwhile, 13 years of New Labour perpetuated the marketization doctrines of Thatcherism and it is not clear whether they will roll back the market and commit to a publicly owned and run NHS if elected.
Youssef El-Gingihy – a Tower Hamlets GP – tells the story of how the NHS has been gradually converted into a market-based healthcare system over the past 25 years. This betrayal has been executed by all three parties. The process is accelerating under the Coalition government and the very existence of a National Health Service is in danger. He fears that there will not be an NHS as our generation grows old and certainly not for our children. Yet the British public remains largely unawares of this and the media, with few exceptions, have failed in their duty to inform them.
This is an accessible book, which communicates to the public in clear, concise and engaging terms what is happening to their NHS. This book matters to all, who use the NHS or are concerned by the privatisation of public services and the dismantling of equitable healthcare and welfare. If you want to understand the real story behind the headlines and find out how you can preserve the NHS for the future then this book is essential reading.
Youssef El-Gingihy is a general practitioner in Tower Hamlets. He has written on the NHS crisis for The Guardian and collaborated on a documentary on the NHS called Sell-Off.
How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps will be published July 31st 2015
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