Seems that a union opposed to healthcare reforms has commissioned a survey which found that only 1 in 4 people support healthcare reform. Not too surprising really, there’s a lot of disinformation out there about what’s going to happen and I’d like to see the question actually asked as I suspect it will have been along the lines of “do you agree the government should destroy the NHS and make everyone pay for their own healthcare” probably not so blatant, but certainly couched in such a way as to get the answer you wanted, after all, political parties and fake charities do it all the time.
A survey of over 1,600 adults by Unison also found that almost two thirds do not trust the Government to handle the NHS. Less than a third were in favour of GPs having the power to commission health services from private companies – a central plank of the reforms.
Only 12% of 2010 Lib Dem voters supported the bill and just 20% trusted the Government’s handling of the NHS, the research found.
Two thirds of 2010 Lib Dem voters were against private companies being commissioned by GPs to provide services.
Unison urged the Government to listen to patients, health professionals, unions, Royal Colleges, think tanks, and to the public, and to drop its bill.
General secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Government has to drop its Health and Social Care Bill. Unison’s poll shows that the hundreds of amendments, and the so-called listening exercise simply haven’t worked.
I’m fairly cynical about this sort of survey as you might have guessed, the only ones I take a bit of notice of are the ones which come up with surprising results for the people doing the survey, not one which appears to support their prejudices…
“The Government needs to start listening. Voters will never forgive, or forget, the party that ruins our NHS.”
You have to wonder whether or not he means Unison’s NHS or the peoples NHS, I rather suspect the former, as union power seems to spiral back to where it probably belongs in private industry, ie, having no say over how it’s run, merely representing its members in localised disputes and handling wage rise negotiations. Not that I particularly trust the coagulation itself when it comes to reform, I don’t think they have a clue as to how to even tackle an organisation whose workforce is only exceeded by Indian Railways and the Chinese Army on a national scale.
Yet however much the NHS has a place in our hearts, there has to be reform, we don’t necessarily have to have it making a profit, just run in the most efficient way possible where the costs and the waiting times balance out. After all, if France can do it and have an NHS second to none, there’s no reason on earth why we can’t, though I suspect Unison wont like it.