Extract from article by Owen Jones in the Independent yesterday (link below for rest of it):
"Farewell to the NHS, 1948-2013: a dear and trusted friend finally murdered by the British Government.
Nothing is more gut-wrenching than watching a close friend dying in front of you. And I mean beyond close: a friend who brought you into the world, helped raise you, and was there whenever you were most desperately in need. So, spare a moment for our National Health Service. Time of death: midnight, 1st April 2013. Cause of death: murder.
From today, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts are formally abolished. Some £60bn of the NHS budget is now in the hands of clinical commissioning groups, supposedly run by GPs. This is a sham, though one which turns local doctors into human shields for the privatisers. In reality, the vast majority of GPs will keep on doing what they do already – looking after patients – while commissioning will be managed by private companies.
The public sector will shrink away, and the private sector will grow. All NHS hospitals will be forced to become foundation hospitals, laying the ground for them to be pushed into the private sector.
This is big step towards the broken USA Health care system, will this lead to 17% of the population not being able to afford health care insurance in the years ahead like the USA? time will tell. "
Doctors as human shields for the privatisers sums it up well. And time will tell how this will affect those of us with long term conditions, but it doesnt look good.