Sitting on my PC, I have an e-mail from my (just) ex-MP stating that there are no plans to privatise the NHS (guess which party he represents). This was over a year ago.
We have a nearby NHS Treatment centre - owned and run by a private company - with a rather tasty contract to do a large amount of minor operations for the local CCG.
Today, I come across an advert for Virgin Care looking for nurses (band 5 - £23000 to £28000 pa) in a unit which is run by our local District General Hospital. The successful applicants will get all the benefits of being part of the Virgin Community - including a 40% discount on Virgin Trains - but will also get an NHS Pension. To me this is just one more step down teh road to the privatisation that an MP stated is not going to happen.
Does this mean that my MP was telling a porkie? OK, so he was a junior minister at the time, so maybe he did not know what the Dave and his team was planning. Either way, this will leave me with a big problem - who to vote for. Hopefully, we will have a UKIP or Green Party candidate to make the choice easier - and enable a bit of cage-rattling - without the risk of letting either of the other two parties get their lobby-fodder in.