Judicial Review Of ACO Backdoor Privatisation Of NHS
There are several organisations persuing Jeremy Hunt in court over his plans to fully privatise the NHS which is well under way following NHS boss, Sir Simon Stevens former head of United Health in Europe (6th largest US Healthcare company); fragmenting the NHS into 44 separate organisations with their own budgets in the form of Accountable Care Organisations.
One anti-privatisation campaign group called JR4NHS includes senior NHS doctors, Professors and one Professor Steven Hawking has been granted a Judicial Review into Accountable Care Organisations after against Jeremy Hunt and NHS England.
These organisations in the US are neither Accountable nor do they Care as numerous videos available on YouTube including Michael Moore's documentary film 'Sicko' which effectively lifts the lid on the US system that this Tory government want to bring to the UK.
Hunt's plan is for commercial companies to run health and social services across each of the 44 'regions' of the NHS facilitating back-door privatisation. As in the US, boundaries between different parts of the NHS that pay for and provide care, such as hospitals, GPs and clinical commissioning groups, would be dissolved.
Senior healthcare professionals and Professor Hawking argued an act of parliament is required, and that MPs and Lords must scrutinise the proposals, before the policy is implemented and any changes to regulations are made. Hence their success in being granted the Judicial Revue.
Given that Sir Simon Stevens is head of our NHS (since 2014), it is likely that under a UK/US Trade Deal, these ACOs will be actually run by American Healthcare bosses and American Insurance Companies.
Again as in the US, Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) responsibility for patients in their areas could lead to newly merged NHS super-organisations or a non-NHS body being awarded contracts to manage and provide entire packages of care. They are free to choose to either subcontract the service or provide it themselves.
Campaigners say this would allow ACOs to control the allocation of NHS money but their accountability for spending it and their obligations to the public would be under commercial contracts, not parliamentary statutes.
The Department of Health describes campaigners’ criticisms about ACOs as “misleading” and “irresponsible scaremongering”.
Last week Jeremy Hunt conceded that a national public consultation was needed, although in practice this is likely to take the form of previous so-called public consultations on the NHS - unannounced with specific narrow questions having to be answered with no ability to address issues and concerns not covered by those questions. Despite this, delay to his further re-structuring of the NHS, Hunt told a House of Commons Select Committee on Health that he still intends to go ahead with his plans within the timescale of April 2018 as previously advised.
However, despite the view of campaigners and indeed of the Labour Party leadership at least one Labour MP seems to be in favour of Hunt's plans for the NHS and completely in denial of the true aims and consequences of the introduction of ACOs into the NHS. Ben Bradshaw can be seen in the video below, actually agreeing with Hunt's false claim that ACOs are not about privatising the NHS.
Watch the video below in which Hunt and Bradshaw exchange agreement on ACOs. Apologies as the live recording includes a loud bell telling MPs that voting is about to take place in the House:
The extent to which 'double-speak' is being employed by NHS England can be seen in their comment in The Independent newspaper:
An NHS England spokesperson described the judicial review as a “mistaken effort which would frustrate the move to more integrated care”.
Fragment care? This is precisely what the setting up of 44 regions within the NHS will and is planned to do!!
Dr Rachel Clarke, an author and NHS doctor, said anything that allows for greater scrutiny of the ACOs could “only be a good thing”.
“We strongly resist the misleading claims in this action; it is irresponsible scaremongering to suggest that Accountable Care Organisations are being used to support privatisation and harm the fundamental principles of the NHS."
Oh, and of course the usual 'smoke-screen' words of reassurance that are used to blind the public, with the commonly used by all politicians phrase of:
“The NHS will remain a taxpayer-funded system free at the point of use"
The quote goes on:
" ACOs are simply about making care more joined-up between different health and care organisations.
In reality, Jeremy Hunt is blinding Parliament and the country by argueing for 'joined-up care' and putting Health and Social Care together.
Download these documents which give you details of just what ACOs are all about:
1. David Cameron – former Prime Minister
2. Andrew Lansley - Former Health Secretary &architect of privatisation
3. Harriet Baldwin – Tory whip
4. Greg Barker – former Energy Minister
5. Henry Bellingham
6. Jake Berry
7. Graham Brady
9. Nick de Bois
10. Steve Brine
11. Aidan Burley
12. Damian Collins
13. David Davis – Brexit Lead Minister
14. Jonathan Djanogly
15. Richard Drax
16. Iain Duncan-Smith – Former Work and Pensions Secretary
17. Philip Dunne
18. Michael Fallon – Former Defence Secretary
19. Mark Field
20. Liam Fox – Trade Secretary
21. George Freeman
22. Mike Freer
23. Richard Fuller
24. Richard Graham
25. William Hague – Former Leader of the Commons
26. Philip Hammond – Chancellor
27. Mark Harper
28. Nick Herbert
29. Jeremy Hunt – Health Secretary
30. Margot James
31. Sajid Javid – Culture Secretary
33. Kwarsi Kwateng
34. Mark Lancaster
35. Dr Phillip Lee
36. Oliver Letwin – former shadow chancellor
37. Peter Lilley
Source: Keep Our NHS Public / Shank's Pony / The Independant