20 Apr 15 – Labour’s NHS Record of privatisation

Tony Blair’s Labour party started the privatisation of the NHS with the NHS act 2006, PFI and Foundations Hospitals.

  • When Labour came to power in 1997, spending on NHS managers was less than £190m. By 2010 this had increased by 450% to over £1bn per year.
  • Labour wasted £11bn of taxpayers’ money on a failed IT project which was eventually scrapped by the NHS in 2013.
  • Labour lumbered the NHS with vast PFI repayments ‐ £50 billion worth of loans which are costing £300 billion in repayments.
  • Labour started the privatisation of the NHS. They brought in the 2006 NHS Act that introduced competition into the NHS.
  • Labour introduced competition into the NHS: Competition Act 1998, Enterprise Act 2002 & Public Sector Procurement Regulations 2006.

The privatisation of our NHS ballooned under the last Labour government. UKIP believes the NHS should be about patient care, not filing the pockets of rich businessmen.

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