Why I'm Voting Yes in the Scottish Independence Referendum
So many different reasons and of course I have my reservations. However, if I had to pick one its because of the NHS
. I believe that after only 60 years of it's existence the NHS is being dismantled.
Many people are saying the NHS is not in danger. That it is a big YES campaign lie. This TED talk by Allyson Pollock below, has made it clear that in England billions of funds will flood from the NHS to private companies. The speaker is Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London.How is the NHS being Abolished?
In 2012 the Social Care Act removed the 60 year duty on the Secretary State to secure and provide health care to all citizens in England.
This will allow the private providers the ability to pick and choose the patients they want to serve.Why do I care?
Created in 1948 the NHS provided a universal duty of healthcare. It is one of the 5 pillars of the welfare state conceived by William Beveridge during the Second World War. He designed it to slay the 5 evil giants of disease, ignorance, idleness, want and squalor.An awesome vision
It strikes me as amazing that something so good could be imagined during a catastrophic World War. I was proud of how the citizens of the UK looked after each other and as such would automatically vote no in the referendum. I believed that the people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland shared a vision of universal care. It was one big huge audacious goal, but you know what Britain did it! Ok, things weren't always perfect in the NHS, but the vision of care for all was so positive and bonded us as citizens. It said so much about us as a nation.Compromised & Complacent Politicians
Westminster (and most shockingly for me Labour) does not share this vision any more. As was highlighted during the 2nd 'Darling V Salmond' debate, Labour politicians like Alistair Darling, are increasingly being compromised in the 'duty of care' to UK citizens by the money they are making privately.
Darling made £12,000 for an after dinner speech organised by Cinven. The company is a leading buyout firm, who in 2008 bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa for £1.44bn. He is just one example though, lan Milburn and Patricia Hewitt, both former Labour Health Secretaries are said to have benefited in their roles as advisors. I expect the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to edge towards privatisation but Labour... I though they were fighting to keep it..
I don't know what Labour stands for anymore in the UK. Ed Miliband is just a suit in a red tie. Had he came to Scotland with this one vision, just one to stay in the UK to save the NHS for all I would be voting No.NHS in England is just a logo
Virgin, Care UK, Circle, Net Care, PWC, Alliance Medical, Atos Healthcare, Spire Health Care are all receiving a share of NHS funds. Ultimately that puts universal health care through a market model.
Who is responsible then for the universal health care of UK citizens. Not the Secretary of State. The aforementioned 2012 Social Care Act abdicates him of that responsibility. So where does the buck stop? With the thousands of shareholders of these international multinationals? As a shareholder in a private company, all you seek is profit, it's hardly a pillar to unite a nation.Voting Yes Because
I'm not a nationalist, I'm not even a socialist, I've worked in private business, corporations and now I run my own business. I believe in the vision and economic benefits of a universal health service for all.
The politicians, our ruling class on all sides of Westminster have broken their bond with the people of the UK. They no longer share the universal health vision. I don't share their vision of a market model for health care, so for that reason I'm out.
I'm voting Yes, because I think the current administration and Labour needs a very loud and clear message to halt the systematic dismantling of the NHS.Don't take my word for it - watch this video
This talk is by Allyson Pollock. It's has no bells or whistles. In fact it's a wee bit dry. Point is, I believe her.
She is Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She is one of the UK's leading medical intellectuals, and undertakes research and teaching intended to assist the realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on health systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals. #indyref #yesscotland #scotland #independence +ScottishLabourParty +Yes Scotland