Core children’s health services in Devon are about to be privatised with the main winner likely to be Virgin Trains, who have promised children’s wards with standing room only, delayed operations and exorbitantly priced season tickets for sick youngsters.
Devon and Devon county council have shortlisted bids from private firms to provide frontline services for children across the county, with Virgin likely to win the tender to supply care and health services to mentally ill and disabled children as well as palliative nursing for dying children.
However, critics claim that if Virgin Rail’s previous takeovers of public services are anything to go by, parents of sick, disabled and dying children face paying hundreds of pounds for season tickets for the use of hospital services and warn of “severe overcrowding” on wards. They also face their children being thrown off wards if they lose a ticket or having to spend their whole time standing crushed up against other sick and dying children.
Transport Secretary – dying kids must share the pain
In an interview with BBC News, the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening explained why parents of dying and disabled toddlers should not expect to avoid some of the consequences of the reductions in public spending:
We have a huge fiscal deficit to deal with, we have to get to grips with this problem, we’re all in it together, so we’re all going to have to share in the pain, including sick children, in order to help struggling multinational corporations like Virgin.
I wish I could say Virgin set to win a contract for running children’s NHS services was satire, but it’s not – as you will see if you click the link in the article above.
For information about how disastrous the privatisation of railways in the UK has been, see this article here:
Unfortunately, we are about to see the same thing happen to our children’s and our own health services too.
This is not just immoral and wrong.
This is madness.
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