The overwhelming majority of staff in the NHS do not believe the coalition government’s reforms have benefited patients.
More than two-thirds of NHS workers think the reforms have had a negative effect on patient care, according to a YouGov survey for the campaign group 38 Degrees.
The poll found that fewer than one NHS worker in 10 feel the health service is “safe in the hands” of the current government, the Independent reported.
Around 5% of respondents expressed the view that the main impact of the reforms has been the improvement of patient care, while 83% think the main reason for the reforms was to increase privatisation.
The newspaper quotes 38 Degrees executive director David Babbs as saying that the government must “halt the privatisation of the NHS, place the welfare of patients at the heart of its plans, and listen to the views of the public and NHS staff”.
Labour’s health spokesman Andy Burnham pledged to repeal the coalition’s Health Act and “put compassion over competition and people before profits”.
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