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4 October, 2000

NHS NOT SAFE IN HAGUE'S HANDS

Health union MSF (Wednesday, 4 October) attacked the Conservative health plans as a further lurch towards privatisation of healthcare.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said that greater incentives to go private or to involve the private sector in the NHS were the exact opposite of what was needed.

He said: "The plans outlined at the Conservative Party conference make virtually no mention of public health, hardly mention staff other than doctors and nurses, and will cause serious long term harm to healthcare by making the profit motive central to NHS funding and delivery.

"We have had our own concerns about what Labour means about the public private partnership, but Labour's commitment to a publicly funded equitable NHS is clear.

"These proposals spell out how close the links are between Conservative Central Office and the private healthcare sector. I'm afraid they are going to face the charge that the NHS is not safe in their hands."

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For further information, please contact

Roger Kline

Tel:

0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

Colin Adkins

Tel:

(020) 7939 7095

Shaun Noble, Press Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

MSF Health press releases can be seen on the MSF Health web site: www.msfhealth.org

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.


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