There’s no doubt that the NHS is facing real problems, writes David Ellesmere, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich.
Many factors have been blamed: an ageing population, lack of GPs, abolition of NHS Direct, cuts in social care.
Now a report by the respected King’s Fund shows how much the Government’s huge reorganisation of the NHS has contributed its problems.
This is the huge top-down reorganisation of the NHS that David Cameron specifically promised wouldn’t happen and which the Coalition Agreement specifically ruled out.
The verdict of the King’s Fund is simple: the changes were “disastrous”and have“contributed to the increasing waiting times and declining performance that patients are experiencing.”
In page after damning page, the report says the Government wasted three years, failed patients, caused financial distress and left a strategic vacuum.
The report begins: “Historians will not be kind in their assessment of the coalition government’s record on NHS reform.”
In the General Election this year we will be able to give our assessment of the Government’s record on the NHS.