Stephen Hawking is concerned that responsible care organisations are an assault on the basic policies of the NHS.
They have not been set by law, and they seem to be being used for decreasing public expenditure, for cutting services and for enabling private companies to receive and profit from significant amounts of public funds for planning and administering services.
He is joining this legal battle because the NHS is being taken in a direction which he objects.
He wants the attention of the people of England to be drawn to what is occurring and for those who are trusted with responsibility for the NHS to account openly for themselves in society and to be judged respectively.
Professor Stephen Hawking has joined a legal battle that is aimed at restricting greater privatisation in the NHS, in the latest stage of his continuing fight with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and a lawsuit already exists that is attempting to stop the establishment of what are termed accountable care organisations (ACOs) in the NHS, which threaten to ration specific resources inside the system.
In August Professor Hawking denounced the Conservatives underfunding the NHS and attacked the Health Secretary for falsifying research to produce misleading statistics about the organisation.
Mr Hunt claimed Professor Hawking was incorrect to imply the NHS was being converted into a US-style insurance system and the lawsuit is meant to stop the introduction of ACOs without them first being subject to parliamentary examination.
He is joining this legal battle because the NHS is being taken in a direction which he objects, without proper public and parliamentary examination, discussion and argumentation and he requires the attention of the people of England to be drawn to what is occurring and for those who are trusted with accountability for the NHS to account openly for themselves in society, and to be judged respectively.
Stephen Hawking cares really deeply about the NHS and is joining this legal battle and the complete details of the ACOs must be published and discussed upon before they proceed any further. This should be the first practice of good and transparent administration for the NHS.
If Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens won’t budge, then this is the time that everybody must to come together and state explicitly that the NHS is ours, and that we are going to fight to keep it that way.
The Department of Health strongly oppose the misleading allegations in this lawsuit and that it is reckless scaremongering to propose that Accountable Care Organisations are being used to support privatisation and harm the basic policies of the NHS.
Plus they stated that the NHS will continue to be a taxpayer-funded system free at the point of use and that ACOs are solely about making care more joined-up between various health and care organisations.
Jeremy Hunt was part of an organisation of Tory MPs who Wrote a book on how to privatise the NHS called Direct Democracy: An Agenda For A New Model Party it is full of half-truths and dodgy statistics.
The 2005 policy book, called Direct Democracy: An Agenda For A New Model Party, was a collection of articles authored by a group of Tory MPs. Amongst other ideas, the book included a plan for substituting the NHS with an insurance market system and called for the private sector to be brought in.
The Health Secretary is noted as one of the authors, though he has earlier dismissed that he wrote the chapter on the NHS and states it does not reflect his beliefs.
The book was presented as a whole and chapters are not identified with specific authors, however, and it says that they should finance patients, either through the tax system or by way of universal insurance, to purchase health care from the provider of their choosing, the book states on page 74.
It continues on page 78: that their ambition should be to break down the walls between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the requirement of health care in Britain and the booklet quickly shot in popularity in 2012, when Mr Hunt’s post as Health Secretary prompted Labour to highlight the book’s contents.
Then Shadow Health Secretary wrote a letter to Mr Hunt that patients and staff will have grave anxieties about the comments and had a right to know whether Mr Hunt remained of this view. Mr Hunt has since frequently declared he believes in the policies of the NHS and that the Conservatives are the party of the NHS.
Nevertheless, Jeremy Hunt has been mocked following making the bizarre assertion that the invention of the NHS was down to Tory Support but it was Aneurin Bevan, frequently known as Nye Bevan, who was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health in post-war Attlee ministry from 1945-1951.
He was the son of a coal miner and Nye Bevan was a lifelong supporter of social justice, the rights of the working people and democratic socialism. He was a long time Member of Parliament, representing Ebbw Vale in South Wales for 31 years.
He was one of the chief spokesmen for the Labour Party’s left wing, and his most memorable success came when, as Minister of Health, he created the institution of the National Health Service, which was to administer medical attention free at the point of need to all Britons, despite their wealth.
He quit when the Attlee government chose to transfer funds from the National Insurance Fund to pay for rearmament. The left-wing group within the party was described as Bevanite but he did not control it.
When health secretary Aneurin Bevan began the NHS at Park Hospital in Manchester today known as Trafford General Hospital, it was the culmination of a hugely enthusiastic plan to bring excellent healthcare to all.
For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation to implement services that were free for all at the point of delivery.
The fundamental policies were explicit, a health service that would be accessible to all and funded solely from taxation, which meant that people pay into it according to their means.
Presently we’re becoming more like the American’s with their health care system and the idea that if somebody were to crash their car and end up in intensive care, it could bankrupt them and make them destitute, that would make life so much more entertaining, living life on the edge.
It doesn’t make any sense for this Tory government to privatise the NHS, we’re not America, this is the United Kingdom. The NHS, although not perfect does work for the people. Jeremy Hunt is totally blind to the reality that people want an effective NHS.
Privatising the NHS will at the very least discredit our understanding of humanity, consequently, the slope becomes pretty slippery.
It makes sense and if you look at it in terms of the ideas and philosophy of privatisation, marketisation and profiteering that underpins everything this government does, they’re not worried about what works or fairness, all they’re bothered about is giving public money to the private sector to make a profit from what they perceive as fruitful agreements.
The smokescreen has been cleared and facts have been exposed to Hunt’s plans. The Tories have, and always will be, utterly incompetent of speaking the truth on anything, because of the entire ethos of theirs, is the absolute dogma, of total and unmatched levels of selfishness.
They will always be, compulsive, sick, cruel cheats, who will say and do anything to a naive electorate so as to accomplish their own targets of personal indulgence.
Other nations have turned on politicians such as these vermin, but for some incomprehensible reason, the British haven’t, which I can only put down to, the cowardly and spinelessness of the British people, who are obviously too jaundiced-looking, to say enough is enough.
The Tory methods have already been associated with 120,000 deaths. Let’s not add to that number by privatisation.
The NHS is a mess which needs sorting. BUPA has said that if people are anxious that they might have cancer, they can by-pass their GP completely and locate a specialist quickly and all too frequently GPs put off people developing cancer until it is well into stage 4 and terminal.
Stephen Hawking contentions were destroyed by Jeremy Hunt but
the only thing that Jeremy Hunt is destroying is the NHS.
Stephen Hawking is a gifted man but an inappropriate liberal type talent. The NHS has become an unaffordable beast swallowing our national treasure. It should be financed to a degree through taxation and partly through individual benefactions.
Nevertheless, no politician will allow an alternative to the money pit funding of the NHS. Not that many MPs use the same NHS foisted on the rest of us. Have you ever seen an MP lining up in A&E? Or queuing for anything?
Therefore they will go on booting the can down the road until the NHS really does grind to a standstill.
How can anyone believe the statements coming out of the forked-tongued Tories?
They don’t fool us any longer with their flawed Tory chatter. The NHS may remain free at the point of use, but the issue here is how much the bill for the taxpayer is going to rise if taxpayers are required under the Tory rule to pay increasingly more for the profits of shareholders of private companies?
Taxpayers should not be treated as the cash cows for private businesses so they can continue giving funds to their shareholders. The NHS should be free at the point of use and should be the best possible value for money and that only occurs without any kind of privatisation.
Because when a growing part of what you finance in the NHS goes to pay for the profits of shareholders in the private businesses that are given access to administer services, but the service is no longer value for money for the taxpayer.
The NHS is being used by the Tories as an excuse to syphon money from taxpayers straight into the pockets of shareholders of private businesses. The problem here is how many Tory MPs and Tory donors have vested investments in the privatisation of the NHS?
I hadn’t realised how far gone Jeremy Hunt was until I watched a speech in which he declared it was the Conservatives who set up the NHS in 1948, despite the Conservative government of the time voting against it dozens of times.
There was always an element of uncertainty on peoples minds as to who was lying when junior doctors came out of a meeting with Jeremy Hunt and both gave directly contradicting viewpoints on what had been addressed in the meeting.
Jeremy Hunt always appeared so cool, sane and believable, that the people never knew who was lying and Jeremy Hunt’s address on the NHS was a light bulb moment, making people realise that he was a Trump type misleading sociopath who lived in another La La world to the rest of us.
The reason that such things are occurring is that the entire NHS policy is too complex and the Government following David Cameron set up a different policy for the NHS and is trying to get away from the work of their own party, in particular, Margaret Thatcher’s hostility of the NHS leading to actions intended to damage it, such as the internal market.
An endeavour to build a quasi-private system which can actually dispense with high amounts of patients which private medicine at the present time could not dispense with. There are too many inconsistencies in the prevailing NHS.
Too many of its administrators have connections with political parties, in particular, an additional upper layer which is progressive Toryism in the NHS and the policy has been violated for years.
Regionally the acute psychiatric unit has a waiting list of 14 months which is ridiculous and it’s obvious that the system is failing. No one expects half-privatisation to be anything more than a failure only because British administrators are nincompoops as the NHS shows.
Is there no boundary to what this Government will privatise? As the Government was accused of gambling with the UK’s blood supply by selling the state-owned NHS plasma supplier to a US private investment firm.
The Department of Health overlooked various healthcare or pharmaceutical firms and at least one blood plasma professional before deciding to sell an 80 percent stake in Plasma Resources UK to Bain Capital, the company co-founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in a £230m transaction.
The Government will maintain a 20 percent stake and a percentage of possible anticipated earnings.
PRUK has yearly sales of about £110 million and consists of two companies. It employs 200 people at Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) in Elstree, Hertfordshire, and more than 1,000 at DCI Biologicals Inc in the US.
DCI collects plasma from American donors and transfers it to BPL where it is divided into blood proteins, clotting factors and albumin for supply to NHS hospitals in the treatment of immune deficiencies, neurological diseases, and haemophilia.
British jobs are being protected in a settlement and Bain, which has funded in dozens of private and state-owned health businesses globally, is prepared to pay £50 million in capital investment on the Elstree laboratories.
Nevertheless, critics of the settlement warned the Government that Bain Capital was the wrong company to own the NHS plasma supply line.
Lord Owen, the former Health Minister, had written to David Cameron urging the former Prime Minister to intercede and prevent the sale.
In 1975, facing some opposition from those overseeing the investments of the DHSS budget, as Minister of Health he decided to invest in self-sufficiency in the United Kingdom for blood and blood products.
He now thinks this country is on the point of making precisely the same blunder again. The world plasma supply line has been in the past infected and he fears it will almost unquestionably continue to be tainted.
It would be quite nice if Jeremy Hunt were prosecuted for illegally giving away and selling our confidential medical records to an insurance actuary company.
It would also be nice if every segment of the Government discovered themselves in demand of medical attention, the sort of attention that most people have come to expect, with exhausted and overburdened doctors and nurses, what few remain.
Then have to remain in A&E in excess of four hours, something that has risen by 120 percent in only 4 years and then to discover that the treatment that would make life bearable is no longer accessible.