Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

30 June 2021

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

We don't want a USA-style healthcare system

Yorkshire Ambulance workers picket in Wakefield on 1 February 2014 photo Iain Dalton

Yorkshire Ambulance workers picket in Wakefield on 1 February 2014 photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

Mick Griffiths, Wakefield and Pontefract Socialist Party

The health scrutiny committee on Labour-led Wakefield Council returned on 24 June for its first physical meeting since the Covid outbreak.

A report was received from the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to update on progress made towards implementation of the government's NHS white paper proposals to create new 'integrated care systems' (ICS) by April 2022.

NHS campaigners have concerns that these vague proposals could lead to an entrenchment of private companies sitting on ICS boards. In reality, this is already happening.

Wakefield's health scrutiny committee agreed to write to the secretary of state for health raising concerns over the proposal to end scrutiny powers to refer objections to the secretary of state. But not a single councillor questioned increasing involvement of the private sector!

The CCG representative did state that it was a contract condition that private service providers pay employees the living wage. However, the commissioners apparently have no influence or control to enforce it!

The new local integrated care system is to cover Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

ICS contracts may become commercially confidential trade secrets servicing private profiteering interests. Local democratic accountability - tame as it is - will be lost altogether.

Wakefield council's health scrutiny committee has only raised concerns about the perceived weakening of its role, while not raising any objections to the very real threat of a fundamental break-up of the founding principles of the NHS.

We will not sit back and rely on councillors who timidly acquiesce to the Tories' attempts to dismantle the NHS and move it into the direction of a USA-style healthcare system.

Healthcare trade unions and community campaigners need to build a mass rank-and-file movement to expose, resist and defeat the NHS white paper, and build a fully funded and publicly owned and controlled alternative.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 30 June 2021:

What we think

NHS after 3 July protests Trade unions must organise serious action


Fight to save our NHS

Royal London Hospital

Fight the health and care bill

Keep private hands off NHS patient data

We don't want a USA-style healthcare system


Post-pandemic railway battles loom

East Mids train guards strike


Stop the Channel 4 sell-off!

Hopeless Hancock replaced

Millionaires multiply during pandemic

Dalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer

Biden police reform

Can Biden reform the police?

Workplace news

Socialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election

Gateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated

Support Gary Clark for CWU executive

Support Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary

End bullying and victimisation at Oaks Park school

Unite members step up action against bullying Mungo's managers

Sandwell Leisure workers: No to 'fire and rehire'


The Israeli working class

German Greens: The image and reality


Protesters halt Nadia's eviction

Brighton: Moulsecoomb strike against academisation

York residents demand land for local community needs

Young Socialists march in London

Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity

Readers' opinion

TV Review: GB News

Readers' comments


Home   |   The Socialist 30 June 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleTories to blame for GP crisis

triangleSocial care funding needed now

triangleBarking NHS: "Sorry, please try again later"

triangleUnite health members say no to 3% and vote for action

trianglePay NHS and care staff to address worker shortages


triangleBiden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

triangleUSA: cop killings and the anti-racist movement

triangleUSA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative

triangleNews in brief


triangleDeaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

triangleReaders' comments

triangleLeicester private healthcare tragedy


triangleWakefield Socialist Party: Splits in the EU

triangleObituary: Rob Crabb


triangle60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

Article dated 30 June 2021

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party


Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales


Bulk book orders

New member submission


triangle27 Oct Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: What is fascism?

triangle28 Oct West London Socialist Party: The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism

triangle28 Oct Hillingdon Socialist Party: The ideas of Leon Trotsky


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1152 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files

In a world facing crisis on every front, discussion on how socialist ideas can change the world is more necessary than ever. Buy a ticket now for the Socialism 2021 weekend, 19 to 21 November.

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version