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Friday, April 13, 2007

Tory Health Record in Wales

  • Under the last Tory Government the number of NHS beds in Wales fell by 7,847
  • Under the Tories 60 hospitals in Wales closed.
  • In 1991 the Tories introduced the internal market into the health service – which essentially means that service provision in based on economic viability rather than the health requirements of the population.
  • In 1991 the Tories introduced capital charging whereby NHS Trusts bodies were required to pay an interest charge on all capital investments – effectively a tax on investment.
  • In 1992, they unveiled the Finance Initiative schemes for funding capital investment in the health service. The result is a mountain of debt which is driving the need for rationalisation and centralisation of services.
  • During the last Tory government the number of local authority care places fell by 48%
  • During the 2005 General Election the Tories proposed the creations of a system of patient passports which would have created a two tier health system.

Labour have done nothing to reverse Tory reforms. They're both as bad as each other.

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