The NHS is in a fight to survive

Readers may be unaware their NHS entered its death throes on Monday, April 1. That is the day new regulations took effect which force local health commissioners to invite private firms to bid to run health services.

NHS trusts, already in financial difficulties of the government’s making, will struggle to compete with them. Taxpayers’ money will provide private firms’ profit margins, and in due course treatment that was once free will be charged for, or reduced in range.

The regulations utterly contradict assurances given to MPs last year when they passed the NHS Act, that health commissioners would be able to decide for themselves how best to provide local health services.

A few years ago there was a huge successful fight to save St Richard’s Hospital; another, desperate, last-minute fight is now needed to save the NHS.

Tell your MP to stop the regulations!

Andrew Elliott

Salthill Road