CAN WE ‘AFFORD’ TO KEEP LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL? YES WE CAN!

GET RID OF THE GROWING ARMY OF ‘MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS’ INSTEAD!

We are constantly told by well-paid, unelected local Health Bosses that we ‘can’t afford to keep running local hospitals like Longton Cottage’. But this is not true!

Just three of the top bosses of our 2 local CCG’s and Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust are raking in around £400,000 a year to cut, close or privatise our NHS services

But this is nothing compared to daylight robbery being carried out by ‘management consultants’ leeching of our NHS. Hospital Trusts spending on these ‘experts’ doubled between 2010 and 2014 to a staggering £640 million! – enough to run 3 medium sized hospitals or pay for another 2,000 nurses.

On top of this the cost of hiring temporary staff to cover shortages has gone through the roof. In 2013 the Department of Health published plans to cut the £24 billion bill by 25%. Instead it has GROWN by 25%!

There are now 149 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospitals in Britain valued at £12.27 billion. But tax payers through the NHS will pay £70.5 billion for them to construction companies. That is almost a colossal £60 billion that the privateers are leeching off the NHS!

So the next time you hear local Health Bosses saying we can’t afford to keep 37 beds running in Longton Cottage or that we can’t afford to keep Longton Cottage (or other local hospitals) open then you can give them the facts and figures which prove that the only thing they are being ‘economical’ with is the truth. We believe some people call it lying!

BUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?

Firstly, we need to stop paying a fortune to local Health Bosses to destroy our NHS. Secondly, we need to get rid of ‘management consultants’ and allow people who actually work in the NHS to run it. Thirdly, we need to scrap PFI contracts with the debt written off and drive the privateers out of OUR NHS. Fourthly, we need to employ NHS staff on proper contracts with trade union rates of pay in sufficient numbers to run a fully publicly funded NHS.

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