At least she admits it was Labour who started it ( calling it "new" does not wash) the same is true of PFI contracts ( Labour started and Tories extended) which has led to a proposal to close A&E in our University town hospital,reduce beds from 400 beds to 64 and to move services miles away to a PFI hospital ( with minimal parking and along a regularly choked road network) which needs the service to pay the massive interest to whoever now owns the debt.
Abbott focuses in one issue of many that affect the NHS .The greedy big and small pharmas are also supplying new drugs that reduce hospital time and costs. Not that this excuses tax hideaways which are used by many companies not just pharma.It has been a failure of governments of all colours that this has not been tackled.
In 1955-6 Healthcare was 11.2 % of public spending ,in2015-16 it was 29.7% and there was a £1.85bn deficit.More than a tenth of acute specialist hospitals are rated inadequate for safety and waiting lists are increasing.
When Brown increased spend by 10% there was only a 2% increse in productivity.Staff costs are the largest expenditure .The largest NHS recruiter is in house and has recently turned a profit so the Govt. plans to flog it!
On the other hand using Spire etc has proved effective. A Cambridge Trust has outsourced radiology diagnostics and found the service much improved.The radiologists work days and nights so there is a quicker turnround.
Around 9000 GP practices are considered unfit for purpose so expect more consolidation and more facilities to reduce demand on hospitals.
The NHS supply of small equipment and stationary used to be in house but was sold to Deutsche Post but many Trusts will not use it and waste money by separate ordering .