Thursday 12 January 2017 / 2:05 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Privatisation fails our most valued national institution: the NHS – Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy
Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party,
commenting on figures showing private provision in the
NHS has more than doubled since 2010, said:

“The
Conservatives are privatising our NHS by stealth despite the repeated failures
and costs of private provision. The latest figures show private provision in
the NHS has more than doubled under the Conservatives.

“Privatisation
fails our most valued national institution: the NHS. It saddles us with an
expensive and unnecessary internal market. It puts tax avoidance, not patient
care, at the heart of its management. It also promotes excessive boardroom pay
and grotesque inequality.

“Health
privateers are earning huge sums at taxpayers’ expense, while health workers
have faced a pay freeze. When health services are privatised, the brakes come
off the pay of the executives in charge.

“On Tuesday, I
announced that Labour will insist on a pay ratio of no more than 20:1 for any
company awarded a government contract.

“That will apply
to the private health companies who bid for NHS contracts and pay their top
executives indefensible and sometimes obscene amounts.

“Shrinking the
widening pay gap in health will support Labour’s plans to end health
privatisation and bring
services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS.”