Now, I am a Tory, I have no problem with companies making money, or even making money from healthcare provided the treatment is up to scratch. I do have a problem with running a skewed health market where cost of treatment does not affect payment to provider, so the private sector can make money by just doing the simple cases and rely on the NHS to take on anything they don’t like the look of. As John Baron, the Conservative MP for Billericay has made clear, it’s not the private sector’s fault; it’s the government’s fault.
Our rabidly anti-capitalist Basildon Labour Party has kept quiet on this one, though not, to her credit, Angela Smith, who is the Labour MP for Basildon. Now she is at the heart of the Brown government maybe she can arrange to keep our local doctors and nurses in their jobs. We shall see.
Forcing an ISTC onto Basildon could drain £millions away from our hospital which would harm staff training and morale, and ultimately the standard of patient care. No wonder Basildon hospital is against it. I will continue to press the government on this in the hope that it changes its mind. I would encourage all concerned residents to write to the government about this issue.