British National Health Service faces life-threatening cuts

You are going to be hearing more about “Austerity Measures” and other economic issues as well as matters and suggestions for survival on this Blog.

No matter how one looks at it being a member of a social class that is viewed as expendable by the corporate overlords sucks.  It sucks even more when is burdened by a multiplicity of factors of of oppression including being female and part of the alphabet soup even if that membership in the alphabet soup is a matter of past history.

Many of us having been denied equal access to employment, coupled with low glass ceilings and non-pension granting jobs are already faced with an austere old age.

Austerity measures will most harm those at the bottom.

From World Socialist Web Site

By Stephen Alexander
2 July 2010

The claim that the National Health Service (NHS) will be ring-fenced off from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat governments’ budget cuts is a lie. Annual “efficiency savings” of 6 percent, totalling £20 billion are already tabled, and will have a deadly impact.

A study into the potential impact of spending cuts on public health, headed by Oxford University epidemiologist David Stuckler, has warned that planned cuts to welfare programmes “will severely impact people’s health” and will result in up to 38,000 additional deaths over the next decade. He said, “At the time when people need help from their government the most, their social supports and protection are being wiped away”.

A national survey of medical staff by the British Medical Association has indicated that economic pressures will have “devastating and long-lasting consequences”. A quarter of respondents indicated that redundancies were planned within their organization. Fully 62 percent acknowledged a freeze on recruitment; whilst over half of those with no explicit freeze reported unfilled vacancies. Almost three-quarters reported that development projects for infrastructure and clinical services had been postponed.

Continue reading at: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/bnhs-j02.shtml

One Response to “British National Health Service faces life-threatening cuts”

  1. Angela Says:

    Standing outside a British pub today there was a long que of traffic… A young man in sunglasses in an Audi sports car…. a people carrier driven by a pudgy middle aged man with four young(ish) cis women in it, and a small dog, the only human there. So who is going to pay?


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