Former health secretary Alan Milburn yesterday: “You’ve got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign. Maybe it will have the same outcome, I don’t know. But it would be a fatal mistake for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the NHS […]

With Nigel Farage reigniting controversy on UKIP’s health policies by claiming that privatisation of the NHS was “a debate that we’re all going to have to return to”, UKIP’s health spokesman Louise Bours MEP bleated earlier today: “As he has said before, he raised the idea for discussion a while ago, the party discussed it and rejected it. Oh, yeah? Internal UKIP documents […]

Private healthcare provider Circle Health is to withdraw from its contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, blaming, without irony, NHS cuts and the A&E crisis. While January is ‘health month’ for Labour, you won’t be seeing Andy Burnham hammer this one too hard. The failing NHS trust was quasi-privatised on his watch in Spring 2010 after the preferred NHS […]

UKIP have spent not inconsiderable political capital attempting to row back from their own policy of Americanising the British health system with the introduction of insurance. Nigel Farage in 2012: “I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare. Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I […]

A double whammy of grim NHS privatisation stats today: David Cameron in January 2006: “the NHS is safe in my hands” The reality eight years later? “Of 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% went to the private sector. And there’s more. Former health secretary […]