Saturday, 28 May 2011

Cuts cost lives

The Tory-led government is getting itself in such a mess over its NHS 'reforms'. First they were forced to 'pause' the Health and Social Care Bill in parliament after the Liberal Democrats apalling results in the local elections where they lost over 700 council seats in England alone.

Then there were splits in the government with Nick Clegg contradicting his Tory colleagues by claiming that the bill would be delayed by six months.

Now Andrew Lansley has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn after a report by his own Department of Health has shown that people have died as a result of his decision to cut the funding for public health campaigns.

Those of us in the anti-cuts movement need to press home our advantage while the government is on the back foot and defeat these proposals to privatise our health service. If we can defeat them on this, we can defeat them on every other one of their rotten policies until we bring this nasty rotten government down.

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