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Patients to wait longer under reforms says Unison


The government’s health reforms will take the cap off the number of private patients hospitals can treat, pushing those on the NHS to the bottom of waiting lists, Unison has claimed.

Unison will stage a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Department of Health in London to highlight its claim that private patients will “leapfrog” to the front of the queue when the Health and Social Care Bill becomes law.

Christina McAnea, Unison’s head of health, said: “The public do not want a health service where people can buy their way to the top of the NHS queue.

“The end of the limit on the number of private patients hospitals can treat, will lead to less profitable NHS patients being pushed to the back of the ever-growing waiting lists.”

The government maintains that the Bill, which will resume its passage through Parliament after the summer recess, is a crucial part of its vision to modernise the NHS so that it is “built around patients, led by health professionals and focused on delivering world-class healthcare outcomes”.



Readers' comments (5)

  • what do you expect from the talks!!!

    they are only interested in looking after their rich friends like bankers etc

    rip the nhs

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  • tinkerbell

    what a sad, sad situation. Destroys the whole principle underlying the NHS not to discriminate between the 'haves and the have nots'. This is why a service should not be turned into a business. I have nothing against those who prefer private care and can afford it but not at the cost of a patient who also needs NHS care. The waiting lists are going to get longer!The beginning of the end.

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  • thaat is no surprise to me....... what do expect with the ppl on the waiting list to get on the waiting list getting longer

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  • little point in running a 'health service' if a decent and high quality one cannot be offered. all this waiting is totally ridiculous nonsense and prolonging waiting time of ill individuals requiring diagnosis, treatment, care and tlc is absurd!

    maybe we shouldn't bother. just engage more psychologists to provide psychotherapy to sort out the survivors!

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  • tinkerbell

    I understand we are stuck with this current government until min may 2013, max 2015.

    In the meantime whilst some of us contemplate our despair at the decimation of our NHS a joke to keep us going courtesy of Tim Vine

    'My computer asked me for an 8 character password - Snow White and the 7 dwarfs'. I have more if you want to hear them. We can at least have a laugh whilst we while away the hours, days, months and years.

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