Unite says Audit Commission report shows reforms are failing, putting public at greater risk


The chickens are coming home to roost for David Cameron over  NHS reforms, Unite has warned.

Today’s Audit Commission report reveals the number of NHS organisations in debt rose from 13 last year to 31 this year, 39 trusts were in a poorer financial position this year than last year and 18 trusts and foundation trusts received financial support from the Department of Health.

Unite’s head of health Rachael Maskell said: “We now know why the risk register into the coalition’s so-called NHS reforms never saw the light of day, despite the best efforts of the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham.

“The financial risks of Cameron’s reforms have resulted in trusts rapidly sinking into debt, leaving them ripe for accelerated privatisation.

“Services are being rationed which means patients have to wait longer or travel further for treatment which, in turn, puts the public at greater risk. No wonder Cameron exercised the Cabinet veto to stop the risk register being published.

“The new health secretary, Jeremy Hunt is on holiday in France, sipping fine wine, when he should be at his desk getting to grips with the chaos left by his predecessor, Andrew Lansley. The chickens are coming home to roost.”


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