NHS For Sale by Jacky Davis et al.

This informative text is a powerful collaborative effort. Introduced by Harry Smith, it is a document which digs behind the misleading headlines of the press. Neither the creeping privatisation of the NHS nor the deleterious consequences of the complex process have received the media attention they merit.

The book is a lengthy one, but it is necessary to take a close look at the false narratives of politicians who have enabled expensive and inefficient privatisation to occur. There has been no attempt to establish a level playing field between the public and the private sector. Failings in the public sector are explored by the powers that be, while the practices of private corporations rarely receive the same kind of scrutiny.

The NHS has never been perfect. Further, it never could be. Nevertheless, the various pressures on the service have been intensified by the pursuit of private profit. This work raises many awkward questions for the British ruling class, and it ends with a classic quote from the American anarchist Noam Chomsky:

“That’s the standard technique of privatisation: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”

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