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Jackie Turner GP, Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate in the London Assembly elections, warns of slide to US health system

Commenting before the Save the NHS Rally, taking place tonight at Westminster Central Hall, Jackie Turner, doctor and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition London Assembly list candidate said:

“Privatisation of the NHS has been going on under the radar since 2000. New Labour’s marketisation of the Health Service has paved the way for the Coalition Governments reforms.”

She added

“The NHS is in peril. If the Health and Social Care Bill is passed there will be no stopping the slide of the Health Service into a US style system, where the first thing you are asked when you arrive in hospital is not your name but whether you have health insurance. Those who can afford it will then take out insurance to cover these procedures and we are on the slippery slope. I am proud to work in Tower Hamlets where our Clinical Commissioning Group was the first to come and publicly state opposition to the Bill.”

“The Save the NHS Rally tonight is very important. It is supported by the British Medical Association, which represents more doctors than any other organisation in the UK. The BMA can truly say that it speaks for doctors, unlike many of the other organisations that the Coalition Government like to quote. It is also important that we march from BMA house to send a clear message that doctors do not support the Bill and that the vast majority of us want it withdrawn. We will join the public, the unions and other health professionals at Westminster Central Hall and speak with one voice. The NHS is not for sale!”

ENDS

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Notes for editors

(1) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services and public ownership and control of the major utilities, the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/

In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. The full list can be seen here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/notice200212.php