Take a good look at these pictures folks they are ALL medical centres based in Camden, that have been run by our NHS. And let me quote a report from the Camden New Journal, which says:
“NHS funded contracts at Kings Cross Surgery, Brunswick Medical Centre, Somers Town Medical Centre and the Camden Health Improvement Practise for homeless patients are now ‘IN THE HANDS OF’ a subsidiary of the Centene Corporation”
I hope it makes you sit up as violently as I did when I read it.
It won’t surprise you to know that I checked out the Centene Corporation on Google. I discovered its address in St Louis, USA and its telephone number and also discovered the name and address of the company in New Cavendish Street in London which seems to have overseen the transaction, it is called Operose Health and claims to be ‘experts in working with complex health systems’.
Now I don’t know about you but I would call that privatisation by stealth and that, I need hardly tell you, is extremely dishonest and extremely dangerous. But should be no surprise to any of us who paid attention to Mark Britnell’s speech before the big American health companies in October 2010 which I reported in an earlier blog. He made it quite clear then that “GPs will have to aggregate purchasing power and there will be a big opportunity for those companies that can facilitate this process … In future, the NHS will be a state insurance provider, not a state deliverer…The NHS will be shown no mercy and the best time to take advantage of this will be in the next couple of years.”
However, to quote Abraham Lincoln ‘You can fool some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.’
But I have to hand it to this Tory party, they have prepared for this meticulously and in almost total secrecy. They’ve made sure that the press and the media were entirely on their side and will only say the things they allow them to say and they have run the cruellest and most lengthy of campaigns to silence the elected leader of the Labour Party who was one of the admirable few who understood what the Tories were about and were prepared to stand up and fight them. I keep waiting for this battle to be out in the open and for people to be told what is happening. But we have such crooks in power that I’m afraid this has got to be an undercover campaign which will be extremely difficult to maintain. Those of us who know what is going on are going to have to work our socks off to spread the information to as many other people as we possibly can.
Allons enfants de la Patrie, Le jour de gloire (might well be) arrivé !
Oh, bloody hell, Beryl What can we do?
Get involved and get active, there are ways for patients to have a voice. I’m Chair of the Patients’ Participation Group for our Surgery and that group feeds into our Clinical Commissioning Group. Centene was bidding for a role with our CCG (Nottinghamshire) about 5 years ago. It was a good bid, naturally, but we did the research, fed it back and ultimately they were thrown out. We remain vigilant and research thoroughly, but Beryl is right, privatisation is definitely being pushed through. Unfortunately, this pandemic has provided a perfect smokescreen for the cheats and liars to progress such actions. Get involved; get active.
Thank you for that, I will spread the word that Patients’ Participation Groups are one way of getting involved to oppose what the government are doing.