We can’t go on like this. I’m cutting the NHS, not the deficit
At the last election, David Cameron promised he would "cut the deficit, not the NHS". Yesterday's autumn statement showed the opposite is true.
As a result of lower growth and higher unemployment, the government will be forced to borrow £158bn more than forecast a year ago. The New Statesman points out that this is more than Labour was projected to borrow at the last election – an amount that Conservatives then claimed would take Britain to the "brink of bankruptcy".
Meanwhile the NHS cuts continue, as revealed by recent Royal College of Nursing research and catalogued in a series of posts on False Economy:
- NHS hospital cuts that undermine Cameron’s claims
- How Lansley is fiddling hospitals’ Payment by Results system
- ‘Efficiency savings’ for the NHS, cuts for everyone else
- Government blueprint spells it out: consultants’ and nurses’ jobs will go
- NHS “efficiency savings” achieved by cutting cataract and hip ops
- Our NHS job cuts probe exposes myth that only ‘bureaucrats’ will go
Prime Minister, we can't go on like this.
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