In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “I’ll tell you what is down. Waiting lists – down. Mixed wards – down. The number of managers – down. Bureaucratic targets – down. Hospital infections – down. And what’s up? The number of doctors, the number of dentists, the number of midwives, the number […]
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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “We made a big decision to protect the NHS from spending cuts.” However, the NHS budget has been cut two years running. Official Treasury figures confirm that since 2009/10 NHS spending has fallen from £105,073 million to £104,333 million in real terms.
Two months after coming to power, health secretary Andrew Lansley scrapped two key NHS waiting time targets. He said: “I want to free the NHS from bureaucracy, and targets that have no clinical justification, and move to an NHS which measures its performance on patient outcomes.” Following a rise in waiting times, however, the government […]
In August, the Department of Health announced plans to scrap the medical helpline NHS Direct and replace it with NHS 111, a cut-price service staffed by non-specialist ‘call advisers’. The DoH said: “When NHS 111 is rolled out nationally, it will replace NHS Direct… It is important that we deliver the best possible service for […]
During the election campaign, David Cameron outlined the Conservatives’ pensioner pledge, which included a “personal promise to protect the Winter Fuel Payment”. The Tory leader vowed: “I will protect your Winter Fuel Payment.” However, a few months on, the government has announced that older people will have to wait at least six years longer to […]
One day, Tory ministers propose the scrapping of free milk for under-fives, as the Telegraph reported: The government is considering scrapping free milk for under-fives as part of the spending cuts. Ministers said there was no evidence the Nursery Milk scheme improved health and, at a cost of around £50 million a year, was too […]